From Puglia, the heel of Italy's boot, comes this spicy, racy extra virgin olive oil. Made from 100% Coratina olives, this one ain't for everybody. But the oil aficionados who crave intensity will be blown away by its big, bold body and grassy, peppery finish. Fittingly, the bottle is just as intense as the oil within.
I rarely sell things based on packaging but for this I've made an exception. It's stunning. Ceramic artists create each bottle by hand, about three per hour, which make up quite a bit of the cost. It's glazed a fire engine red. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it's good for the oil, protecting it from light which causes olive oil to lose its flavor. Keep it around and you can fill it with new oil when you run out. Very limited supply.
The 2014 harvest oil is not for the faint of heart! After tasting it for the first time, one of our crew commented, "That'll put hair on your chest." The aroma is green and grassy, with notes like arugula that hint at the bold flavor to come. The bitterness hits you right up front as soon as you taste the oil, with spicy herbal notes like rosemary. It builds to a huge peppery finish. Excellent stuff.