We at Katz have long been fascinated with the idea of marrying the sweetness and complexity of wine grapes that have been left on the vine to concentrate the flavors and natural sugars, with the bright and crisp acidity of traditional Orleans method wine vinegar. After years in the making we proudly present our proprietary Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Agrodolce Vinegar.
Agrodolce in Italian means "sweet and sour". To achieve this, we harvested organically grown Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Suisun Valley that borders Napa on its west side. The grapes have intentionally been left on the vine for at least a month to six weeks longer than if they were to be made into a dry finished wine. By harvest time they are almost "raisiny" from their concentration of fruit and sugars. This is the same tradition used for hundreds of years to make the great Sauternes of France. The unfermented juice from the organically grown grapes is blended into our proprietary white wine vinegar and slowly aged in oak barrels until it is our balanced Agrodolce.
The finished vinegar is almost golden in color and complexity with hints of vanilla from the wood, sweet apricot, fig and pear from the late-harvest grapes.