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. The glaze is a vibrant, seasonally appropriate 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, holiday only.
The most recent harvest from fall 2012 has an aroma that reminds me of grass, wheat, and green apple. The flavor builds for a long time, with a big bitter finish and a slow tickle of pepper in the back of the throat that grows and grows.