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Tenuta di Saragano extra virgin olive oil

Aug 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Italian Food and Wine

Tenuta di Saragamp is located between Todi and Montefalco.  This is the heart of Umbria’s olive oil area..  Also a great tourist region with the olive oil museum at the hilltop village of Trevi, the vineyards of Montefalco and the basilica of Assisi all within 30 minutes.

The Counte Pongelli have owned the estate since the 14th century and the production of first class olive oil has been maintained throught that time!    The olive groves are planted with the usual triumverate of Frantoio, Leccino and Moraiolo.  Frantoio dominates with 50% of the mix.  The groves have always been cultivated since the 14th century without the use of chemicals and additives and still the case today.  Olives are harvest from end of October through to December and are processed with traditional millstones and a sinolea machine, which cuts the paste with 5000 tiny stainless steel knives.  This process extracts 60% of the oil from the paste.  The oil is bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes:

There are plenty of spicy herbs, apples and nuts in the aromas coming from this excellent extra virgine olive oil.  The flavours too are complex with bittersweet salad leaves and warm milky nuts.  As time passes, the nutty flavours deepen to dark chocolate though still with a touch of herbs.  The oil has lightly building pepper which dies away to leave a soft and sweet aftertaste.  A tip from the Counts Pongelli, who say that their oil is great for bruschetta and for dressing any variety of fresh salads or grilled vegetables.

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