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 2015, is a bold oil. It smells grassy and bright, almost citrusy. The flavor is quite bitter, like arugula and green banana peel, with a quick peppery tickle in the throat.
Zingerman's Food Tours is visiting Tuscany in October 2016. Join us for a behind the scenes journey to traditional food makers like this.