A small section of the olive groves, those at Podere Albereto, is dedicated to the production of this very special oil.Only a limited quantity is bottled. It is produced from several varieties of olive, principally Frantoio and Leccino, and smaller quantities of Moraiolo and Maurino. It has a deep emerald green hue.
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The 2016 Olive harvest at Badia a Coltibuono has been outstanding, with abundant yields and exceptional quality. A perfect fruit-set, a very hot summer but tempered by the usual August thunderstorms on the Monti del Chianti gave a full crop of perfectly ripe olives. The harvest was between October 20 and November 15. Each tree yielded over 1 liter of oil, which at our altitude of 500-550 m slm (1640-1800 ft asl), is a record. Olives are brought to be milled twice a day to ensure maximum freshness to our Organic Extra-Virgin Olive oil. This year our trees turn 30 years of age, as they were planted after the devastating freeze of 1985. Another reason to celebrate!
The colour of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil "Albereto" is of an intense green emerald. Introduces an intense grassy perfume with notes of asparagus and aromatic grasses what dragoncello and sage. The taste is intense and definite with a characteristic aftertaste that remembers the vegetables perceived by the nose.
Cultivation: Badia a Coltibuono cultivates about 18 hectars of olive trees (a total of 7200 plants). The groves are located between 450 and 500 meters asl below the badia overlooking the Arno Valley.
The varieties are Frantoio, Leccino, Leccio del Corno, Pendolino e Maurino.
The cultivation has been 100% Organic, and certified since 1994. The olives are brought to the olive mill the same day of the harvest. Pressing and extraction are very careful, with temperatures that are kept below 28° C, with continuos extraction process. The oil is then naturally decanted and bottled without filtration.
The acidity level is between 0,17% and 0,27%. Peroxides are at a very low level, between 4 and 4,2
Albereto is a blend of Frantoio, Leccino, Leccio del Corno, Pendolino e Maurino.
Annual production in bottles: 4.500 bt.
Serving Suggestions: Use to dress salads, or use for pinzimonio. Drizzle over carpaccio, or garnish soups and salads.