Great Taste wants to spread the word about Sopra Sotto's northern Italian olio nuovo and southern Italian olio novello.
From Sopra Sotto:
These young oils are vibrant green in color with a viscous silken texture and the aroma of freshly cut grass, pepper, green apple, artichoke and olive leaf on the pallet. The very first press of the oil is designated as extra virgin. The qualities in this very exceptional oil are creamy, piquant, zesty, and unfiltered. Olio Nouvo or Olio Novello is the oil in its most intense state, immediately bottled after pressing and not allowed to settle.
Geographic location and olive varietals play a role in the nouvo or novello oil’s flavor profile. Many of the olive groves in Italy are filled with ancient trees. Although these ancient trees do not produce as much fruit as younger trees, the fruit is more intense and complex in flavor. The diversity in climate, varietals and topography gives the nouvo or novello oils of each region their own unique aroma and flavor.
Following are the Olio Nouvos / Olio Novellos now available at Sopra Sotto:
Tenuta di Capezzana Olio Nuovo: Pressed the week of October 25, 2010, this beautiful lime green olive oil is from the Tuscan Region. Aromatic of lemon with a buttery texture. Notes of artichoke, green tea and apple, this olive oil finishes with hints of wintergreen and pine. Drizzle on seafood, sautéed greens, or roasted Brussels sprouts. Olive varietals: Frantoio, Moraiolo, Pendolino, Leccino, Santa Caterina.
Olio Verde Olio Novello: From a Sicilian country estate, this lush green-gold oil was pressed the week of October 7th. Tastes of fresh cut grass and lime. Consistently well balanced, this harvest is pungent and well-rounded. Drizzel on fish or bruschetta or serve with lamb, grilled steak, sardines, or roasted potatoes. Olive varietals: 100% Nocellara del Belice.
Casale Olio Novello: Pressed on October 20th and 21st , this deep green olive oil is from Pianella, Abruzzo and NEW to Sopra Sotto! Aromatic of olives with a nutty taste. Hints of green tea, artichoke and cinnamon, with a pungent peppery finish. Serve with grilled meat, hearty fish and roasted squash. Olive varietals: 90% Dritta and 10% Lecchino olives.
Frescobaldi Laudemio First Pressing: Pressed the week of October 25th, this oil is a luscious emerald green color from Florence, Italy. Robust, complex oil redolent of fresh cut grass and citrus with cinnamon and a peppery finish. Serve with everything; winter soups, farro, roasted vegetables, grilled meats, even pizza. Olive varietals : Frantoio, Moraiolo, Leccino.
Prices for the oils range from $32 to $45 for one-half liter (16.9 ounces).