Characteristics: Buttery with slight bitterness and a mild peppery finish
Tasting Bar Position: 4
Method of Production: Blade Press. McEvoy Ranch Petaluma, CA
Total Production: 67 gallons
Harvest Date: December 6, 2012
Press Date: December 7, 2012
In our store in St. Helena we have a tasting bar where you can walk through a tasting of all of our oils. To try to bring that experience to you virtually, we are ranking the oils in order of their taste.
In evaluation of an extra virgin olive oil, you look for three positive characteristics:
A. Fruitiness - smell and taste - descriptors are mowed lawn, alfalfa, artichoke, etc.....
B. Bitterness - taste only - makes you grimace....as in a bitter lettuce.
C. Pungency - taste only - burn in your throat...described as "peppery". Attributed to higher levels of polyphenols which are antioxidants.
The order on the bar from the lightest to the "biggest" are as follows:
1. Hornberger EVOO - very buttery...no bitterness or pungency.
2. Hawks Feather Stone Press EVOO - light fruitiness with a slight pepper finish
3. Hawks Feather Blade EVOO - more fruitiness with a slight pepper finish
4. Riboli Vineyards EVOO - Buttery, mild bitter with a slight pepper finish.
5. Pedregal EVOO - Grassy aroma, mild bitter with a pepper finish.
6. Double H Ranch EVOO - Strong fruitiness...mowed lawn character....very little bitterness and pungency
7. Twin Sisters EVOO - strong mowed lawn, strong bitterness and a noticable pungent finish.
8. Epstein Family EVOO - The strongest oil.....big fruit...bitter....and a three cough oil!