Pianogrillo Extra Virgin Italian Olive Oil - 500 ml Sicily, Italy Pianogrillo 2016/2017 harvest oil tasting notes This year has been a really interesting year for olives. Many of the farmers have had a decent crop but low yield. And overall, all the oils have been pretty gosh darn good. More mellow in many ways, yet more interesting in overall flavor. Pianogrillo, a true long time favorite of ours and our customer's, it is more mellow this year, with very few bitter notes, if any. A very open, light, cloudy, warm Mediterranean feel comes through. With a hint of fruit, it’s more artichoke, zucchini and, though buttery is often a word to describe olive oil, this oil is not buttery, it is more summery beach! It’s a drinkable oil this year! If you “chew” the oil it disappears quickly and you have this wonderful light feel. Use it from toast to popcorn. Perfect for a lentil salad, couscous, pasta with sea salt, it’s pretty gosh darn good! Add this oil to your 2017 collection! Without a doubt one of our favorite estate olive oils from Italy. This gold-green olive oil is intensely fruity on the nose, explosive even, with bold notes of green vegetable and green tomato. It opens with a rich butteriness on the lips and tongue before giving way to green olive and green vegetable. Hints of artichoke, tomato, and a spiciness at the back of the throat give this oil a long delightful finish. It is a full-flavored condiment olive oil with a Sicilian flair. Try Pianogrillo on... anything! Start with toasted bread and move on through soup, vegetable, and fish courses, all finished with Pianogrillo. About the Producer For centuries, the Piaccione family has owned the Piangrillo farm in the Ragusa district of eastern Sicily. The farm stretches over 50 hectares in the heart of the Iblei Mountains. Lorenzo Piccione has turned the old estate into the modern Pianogrillo farm, thanks to his passion and love for nature and for his land. The Pianogrillo farm is organic in respect to the EEC rules. Chemical manipulations and pesticides aren't allowed. The olive grove is cultivated using natural products and simple agricultural techniques. The average height of the olive grove is about 350 meters above sea level, and at this height the olive fly is rare and easily controlled. Most of the olive trees belong to several species: cultivar "Tonda Iblea" (or "Cetrale"), and cultivar "Moresca". There are also "Nocellara messinese" and, recently, a new olive grove of "Carolea" for pollination. The olive harvesting for Pianogrillo generally begins in October and ends in December. Each olive is picked by hand, one by one, directly from the olive tree branches. The pressing is done in the oil mill "Alfa Laval" on the Pianogrillo farm within 12 hours of harvesting.
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