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KATZ DECEMBER'S NEW OIL "Olio Nuovo" 375 ml. $28

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Harvest Notes From Albert Katz

As some of you may already know, we have a very light crop this year! Some of it is just the natural alternate bearing nature of olives with a bumper crop, such as we had last year, followed by a lighter crop the next. This is always expected but what has begun to happen more frequently are "climate related" events that heighten these natural occurrences. This year there were some excessive heat spikes while the trees were flowering and we lost a good portion of this year's crop. Given this was the natural "light year" anyways, you get the picture.

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The Harvest - Bringing The Olives In - by Jeffery G. Katz

On the cold, crisp and clear Fall morning of November 10th, we headed into the olive groves to begin the harvest. We anticipate we will be picking and pressing for the next 10 days without the traditional breaks we take between cultivars. The light crop has brought even ripeness to all the fruit and they are now ready to go! In a couple of short weeks, I will be begin checking all my harvest and tasting notes so we can blend our 2020 KATZ December's New Oil. We pressed some bright, green and spicy oil from the Leccino and Maurino varieties these first couple of days. This included some fruit from our new grove now planted 6 years ago. This youthful fruit seems to be particularly assertive and grassy and I know some if it will find a way into the final Olio Nuovo blend. We will add some of the Frantoio variety which lends the classic artichoke and grassy robustness plus the "kick" that people have come to expect from an authentic olio nuovo. Bravo!

Ciao, Albert Katz

P.S. This freshly milled olive oil is meant to be used without delay and with GUSTO!

We have a strict 3 bottle limit per customer, please!

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The Story of Olio Nuovo: The first olive oil off the press each year has a pungent, fruity and rustic character. It long has been a tradition in Italy to celebrate this new olive oil each year. In Northern Italy it is referred to as olio nuovo, in Southern Italy as olio novello, and here at KATZ we refer to it as December's New Oil. It's the first expression of the olive harvest, and while the time to savor it is fleeting, it is oh so enjoyable. Oil at this stage is still rich with suspended particles of chlorophyll-laden olives that give it a bold, green color, a truly unctuous texture, and an intense flavor.

The oil begins to settle out as soon as it is pressed, but it won't be until we are into the new year - around two months after bottling - that much of the explosive flavor will mellow and mature, allowing for a more stable and long lasting oil. But then again, no one buys our December's New Oil to let it sit on the shelf…they buy it to enjoy the heightened color and flavor in some simple but traditional ways…a good loaf of rustic bread, sliced and grilled, then slathered with KATZ Organic December's New Oil and lightly sprinkled with a pinch of good salt – this is always our first taste - as it is in Italy with olio nuovo and olio novello.

December's New Oil:

40% Leccino (provides a nice, floral and spice quality and an "unctuousness" to the oil)

60% Frantoio & Maurino (more classic "Tuscan" flavors of artichoke, herbs and a grassiness with pungency and verve!)

The goal is to highlight the rustic charm of the new oil with a few simple ingredients, and there is no end to the number of ways you can showcase its amazing flavor. Poached eggs over toast, a hearty lentil soup with some fresh kale or chard, creamy polenta with a with a simply roasted chicken or duck, and grilled fish all finished with a liberal drizzle of December's New Oil...Bravo!

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