Harvested mid November to early December 2012, the flagship of our KATZ brand and 9-time gold medal winner at the L.A County Fair Olive Oils of the World Competition, Chef's Pick California Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a carefully crafted blend that we produce each year from olives grown on our organic and sustainable farmed groves in the Suisun Valley, just to the east of Napa. This valley with loamy and sandy soils is ideal for growing our Italian olive varietals.
KATZ Chef's Pick is made from a blend of these organic olive varieties:
Frantoio, Leccino, Maurino - 50% of the blend, these classic Tuscan cultivars produce the rustic flavors of grassiness and fruitiness in the nose coupled with pungency in the finish.
Taggiasca and Casaliva - 10%, these varieties native to the Liguria and Lombardy regions of Italy. They are noted for their soft and persistent fruitiness with sweet overtones yielding a lush mouth feel.
Leccino...30%, the character of this Tuscan varietal has a balanced fruitiness with spicy and grassy overtones, and a mild to soft pungency.
Favalosa...10%, a new olive variety with high oil content and high polyphenols, intense fruitiness and BOLD flavors.
This year's KATZ Organic Chef's Pick continues its tradition of bold flavors and rustic charm. The nose is grassy, with hints of artichoke and fennel, followed by a rich taste that hints of sweet spices. This year's oil is a mouthful of balanced flavor with a pleasant firm pungency.