Sunday, December 14, 2014

Spread the Warmth Gift Idea #8 – Holman Ranch Olive Oil

Kelly enjoying some Holman Pinot!
It seems we’re definitely on a Vine to Vino reminiscing at the moment as our next item on our Spread the Warmth Gift Idea Guide is an olive oil we experienced while discovering Holman Ranch in the Carmel Valley.  

Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for their vineyards, but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate.
While at Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley Village tasting room we were also introduced to their amazing olive oil with its dark golden color, light grassy aromas, and creamy finish.  Organically estate-grown, hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled this golden goodness is a labor of love for its winery.  

Holman Ranch’s grove is comprised of 100 Tuscan varietal trees with multiple cultivars planted. These cultivars consist of 25 Frantoio, 25 Leccino, 10 Mission, 25 Coratina, 5 Pendolino, and 10 Picholine.  An interesting fact is that olive trees are alternate bearing, which means that one year they may produce 650, 375ml bottles worth of oil, while next year they may produce only 50, bottles (which is the case this year!)

So grab a bottle for someone of this delightfully spicy and buttery goodness in a bottle!

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