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Spain Chooses This Year's Best Olive Oils

Jun. 9, 2011
Curtis Cord

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In its lat­est effort to encour­age Spanish olive oil pro­duc­ers to strive for the high­est qual­ity, the Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs pre­sented three com­pa­nies the Best Olive Oil in Spain” award for the 2010 – 2011 cam­paign Wednesday in Córdoba.

The cer­e­mony, attended by gov­ern­ment offi­cials, olive oil indus­try pro­fes­sion­als and the press, coin­cided with the Beyond Extra Virgin con­fer­ence. The judges for the awards con­sisted of the min­istry’s own panel of experts.

In the cat­e­gory for fruity bit­ter green oils” the jury decided to award the prize to Montes Manuel Marin, Priego de Córdoba (Córdoba) call­ing it a very intense fruity oil of green olives, bal­anced, har­mo­nious and com­plex. Between its con­stituent notes, mainly green, it shows apple, grass, almonds and cin­na­mon. The palate is very aro­matic, with bit­ter almond of alloza and spicy medium to high inten­sity, all very bal­anced and per­sis­tent.”

Among sweet green fruity oils” the prize went to Labrador, SAT, Fuente de Piedra (Málaga). Its oil was defined as intense fruity, com­plex, green olive, herb, and tomato alloza. The palate is very aro­matic, per­sis­tent and full bod­ied. Sweet entry, has a medium bit­ter­ness, some­what spicy and nutty, all very bal­anced.” Labrador also won the Mario Solinas award a few weeks ago in the robust cat­e­gory.

For the ripe fruity oils” the prize went to LA Canalejo, SL, Mérida (Badajoz). The jury found Canalejo an intense fruity olive oil, mixed with green notes and ripe. Highlights of apple and tomato, herb and green almond with light inten­sity and with greater inten­sity in the notes of other ripe fruit and almonds, also mature. The palate entry is sweet, slightly bit­ter, some­what spicy, very nutty and very well bal­anced.”

Finally, the min­istry added a new cat­e­gory for extra vir­gin olive oils of organic pro­duc­tion which went to Moli Dels Torms, SL, Els Torms (Lleida), whose oil was defined as fruity green olive, com­plex with notes of apple, grass and green almond, some­what ripe apple and very bal­anced. The palate entry is sweet, slightly bit­ter, some­what spicy with almond.”

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