Medium Grumpy Goats - Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2019 Harvest

Grumpy Goats

$ 21.00

Awards:  Gold Medal - New York International Olive Oil Competition                Silver Medal - Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition                                Gold Medal - California Olive Oil  Council  Competition

 Our Notes:

This is a Medium high extra virgin olive oil  with more green flavors than ripe flavors. We noticed a wonderful  mix of  cut grass, green banana, tomato leaf, and fresh chopped herbs.  This is a very balanced oil with great balance of aroma and complementing flavors that support and reinforce each other.  The oil is more pungent than bitter and we found it on the high side of medium intensity. This oil has been consistently loved at every competition it has entered and is beautiful example of how well Picual can do in California with right amount of care and attention. It shows very well against the best from Spain.   It will stand up well against most strong flavors in raw uses and would be great for high temperature cooking and baking.
Aroma - Green herbs and green grass
Flavor - Green tomato leaf and herbs, green banana
Bitterness - Medium
Pungency - Medium High

Producer's Notes:

Picual - The Picual is probably the most complex of our oils this year, and very evocative of green grass, cut grass, artichoke, tomato leaf, green almond. All typical of our Picual.  Beautiful fruit this year.  The oil was harvest a little later this year and is a littler riper than previous years. Polyphenol rating 398

New York International Olive Oil Competition says this certified organic, unfiltered oil is milled from hand-harvested Picual olives. It has a big, green fruit flavor that recalls cut grass, green herbs, a whiff of pine, and a black pepper finish.

About the Producer:

Stuart Littell and Pamela Marvel are partners in life and in business. When Pamela prepared to make good on a life-long dream –to live in the country as she had growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin–.  Stuart was a full backer and supporter. Pamela wanted to be an active participant in rural life too, a traditional farmer who grew crops, nurtured the soil and improved the environment. After some deliberation, they decided to look for the ideal place to locate a small olive orchard, where they could produce their own olive oil. In early 2008 they bought a 20 acre farm in Capay Valley, about 35 miles west of Sacramento. It was just an alfalfa field.

 Stuart and Pamela have a set of shared values that have guided their work on the farm.  Pamela comes from a family of Norwegian and German farmers, some of whom immigrated to the Midwest in the 1800s.  Good stewardship of the land was important to these farmers, including her parents, who set a fine example of good farming practices and hard work.  Stuart’s Scottish grandparents helped manage national parks in the Sierras for decades. His family has a deep affection for nature, and a strong interest in caring for the environment.  It was natural, therefore, for Stuart and Pamela to farm organically, to use good conservation practices, to develop wildlife habitat, to use native species of plants for habitat and cover crops, and in general to try to live a life respectful of nature.

Together they have made good progress on the farm:  there are now 1400 olive trees on 8 acres.  Coratina, Picual, Pendalino, Itrana, Barnea and Nocellera varietals have been planted.  Hedgerows of native trees, shrubs, flowers for birds and pollinators are thriving. Dozens of shade trees have been planted around the farmstead.  Drip irrigation has been installed throughout.  In the fall of 2015 they planted the remaining 9 acres to double the number of olive trees planted, with some new varieties added for more depth and complexity in the oil that is produced.

Their farm is located in Capay Valley about 80 miles northeast of San Francisco. It has a great climate  and good clay loam soil for growing olives. Their first trees were planted in 2008 and they enjoyed their first harvest of Coratina olives in November 2010. In fall 2016 they celebrated their seventh harvest. They are proud to have their oil certified extra virgin by the California Olive Oil Council and certified organic by CCOF.

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