In 1995, when we started importing olive oil, no one in America was committed to only offering 100% estate-grown oils they'd personally tasted in the region during the harvest. We were also alone in shipping every oil either by air or, if by sea, by temperature-controlled container.
Funny thing is that, 23 years later, we're probably the only oil importer in America who can honestly make that claim.
And it's the reason why we have such a loyal following, not only for the oils we ship temperature-controlled over the winter, but for the small amount of Olio Nuovo we bring in by air in December.
This year's Olio Nuovo selections arrived late last week. As usual, they are wonderful expressions of Tuscan olive oil at its best: green, volcanically scented, long and peppery, as it comes fresh out of the press. They were chosen after a series of 14- to 16-hour days visiting the best estates and tasting the best oils from 2018's harvest.
This Year's Selections
From the 2018 crop, we chose three oils, which we are offering as a 3-pack at the sensational price of $89.95 for three half-liter bottles. They are:
Franci Villa Magra – Harvested 10/23
Pruneti – Leccino & Frantoio harvested in mid-October
Vetrice – Harvested between 10/18 and 10/30
These oils were among the most exciting we tasted during our Tuscan tour this year. We had them quickly bottled, and then rushed them to the Leonardo da Vinci airport outside of Rome for air shipment. Still less than two months old, they are the closest thing in America to tasting great Tuscan oil right out of the press.
2018's Harvest in a Nutshell
Making great oil was not pre-ordained in 2018. The growers' problems started in early March, when a hard freeze wiped out much of the region's Frantoio crop just as it was flowering. The Moraiolo and Leccino trees were unaffected by the freeze (they flower later), and in fact they produced an unusually large number of flowers, promising a bumper crop. But May rains reduced the number of olives substantially.
With olive flies not a big problem this year, the olives that made it to maturity were of good size, purity and concentration, despite a hot, dry summer. If there's a criticism in 2018, it's that some oils lack perfume, due not only to a warm September and early October, but because so few of the fragrant Frantoio olives made it to pressing.
Consequently, we had to be ruthless in our selection, buying 25% less oil than we have in other years. Given the small amount of oil we have to go around, please understand if we have to limit purchases to one or two sets.
An Important Note on Shipping: We are pleased to offer a discounted ground shipping rate of $9.95 per set for continental U.S. addresses.
All orders will be filled and shipped within two business days of receipt. So if you place your order by this Wednesday (12/12), chances are good that it will arrive by the week of Christmas.
However, neither UPS nor Fedex will guarantee a specific delivery date if shipped by Ground during the holidays. So, if the oil must be received by a certain date, and you wish to upgrade to expedited shipping, please inquire about 2- and 3-day shipping rates.
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