Castello della Paneretta sits majestically on a Tuscan hillside. In fact, it's almost too typically Tuscan to believe, surrounded by fields of olive and cypress trees and rolling vineyards.
The oil is also typically Tuscan: full flavored, fantastically fruity, green, gorgeous, delicious. It builds to a peppery peak that hits you in the front and back of the throat. A two-cougher, so to speak. So thick it pours from the bottle like cream, so delicious I find myself thinking of more dishes to use it with.
The bottle is as compelling as the oil: tall, thin, housed in its own box. It makes a stunning gift.
The latest harvest, from fall 2013, is a big, bold oil. The aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle with notes of freshly cut grass, artichoke, and green banana. The flavor reminds me of bitter greens, like arugula, with a quick peppery tickle in the throat.
Zingerman's Food Tours is visiting Tuscany in October 2014. Join us for a behind the scenes journey to traditional food makers like this.