Extra Virgin Intosso Olive Oil (750ml). New 2023 Season
The Intosso olive tree is found exclusively in the foothills of the Maiella mountain range of Abruzzo. It is a small tree unusually tolerant of snow and cold temperatures and extremely resistant to drought, struggling to produce any fruit at all at altitudes below 350ms. The fruit it does produce, however, is remarkable; strong in flavour and intensely perfumed but since the 1960s l’Intosso has struggled to compete on the market next to non-native varieties that are more productive and easier to manage. In 2019 the Slow Food movement established a Presidium to support the variety and prevent its gradual replacement by non natives and this year Giacomo Santoleri’s fabulous extra virgin oil is a monocultivar Intosso. Just bottled, (November 2023) the colour is an almost impossible green and is such a treat at this time of year.