|Producer||Marina Colonna Soc. Agr. S.r.l|
|Cultivar||Frantoio, Leccino, Ascolana, Coratina, Cima Di Melfi, Fs17, Nocellara del Belice|
|Region||Molise (S.Martino in Pensilis)|
|Harvesting Method||Manual & Mechanical|
|Milling||Within 12 h from harvesting|
|Tasted on||Dec 2020|
Thank you to Marina Colonna for sending us their Classic EVOO.
EVOO – Food pairing advice
The history of the Colonna family and their crest, represented on the label of their EVO oils, date back thousands of years; the Colonnas have played a leading role in the cultural, ecclesiastical, political, military and civil development of society throughout history, in both Italy and Europe. Today, that great tradition is also symbolised in one of the most beautiful EVOO bottles on the market – the reference to the shape of the ancient amphora is indeed unique.
Marina Colonna Classic EVOO harmonizes many cultivars’ nectars together, in a perfect fusion of innovation and their characteristic tastes typical of the varieties from Central and Southern Italy. The aromas and flavors of Classic EVOO refer to the genuineness of the past, a flavour yet enriched by a qualitative note that only an attentive modern production can give; with its elegance, Marina Colonna Classic EVOO would have certainly found a place on the tables of the family’s ancestors, too, to go with both the most humble and most refined preparations.
Appearance & Visual Analysis
Marina Colonna Classic EVO oil is of an intense apple green, with rich lemon yellow highlights.
Scents & Olfactory analysis
On the olfactory analysis, Marina Colonna Classic EVOO is rich in aromas: from vegetable to floral fragrances, up to spicy and fruity scents. Thistle is immediately perceptible, then follow artichoke, asparagus, aromas of bitter almond, cut grass, and tomato leaf. Through a more careful analysis, we can also detect delicate scents of lemon and bergamot, Mediterranean herbs, and, in the closure, geranium leaf and white pepper.
Tasting: Aromas & Flavours
On the palate, many of the scents already perceived in the olfactory analysis return – we taste green tomato, artichoke, bitter almond and rocket, white and green pepper spiciness, and the fruitiness of the bergamot. Thyme and oregano show up in the closure. Sensations of bitterness and pungency are elegant and well balanced, and have similar gustatory intensity.
We love it with…
Marina Colonna Classic EVOO is a strongly balanced extra virgin olive oil, pleasantly multifaceted and of medium intensity, which goes best on vegetable and fish based recipes – it is perfect on appetizers, mixed salads and vegetable soups; its addition to risotto and fish main courses is also worth a try.
Marina Colonna Classic EVOO is excellent on grilled white meat or meat rolls, too; and why not wait for summer to put it on a nice seafood pizza, perhaps to be enjoyed during a nice dinner by the sea?
We tried it on red cabbage soup: Marina Colonna Classic EVOO was a great addition to enrich and balance this healthy seasonal recipe!
“It’s like a journey back in time… travelling along old roads buried deep in Molise’s green hills with their rarefied air and ancient ambiance; here in this gently undulating countryside where the golden light plays on patches of silver-green olive trees and fields of yellow wheat.
The olive tree plays the leading role on this stage, both in the scenery and in the history of the land. It is here on the farm inherited in 1996 from her father, don Francesco Colonna, that Marina Colonna’s extra virgin olive oil came to life.
The origins of the relationship between an ancient Roman family and this farmland on the border between Molise and Puglia dates back to the beginning of the 1800s. The Duchess Cattaneo di Sannicandro married Aspreno Colonna and with the bride came the land as part of her dowry.
The olive tree plays the leading role on this stage, both in the scenery and in the history of the land. It is here on the farm inherited in 1996 from her father, don Francesco Colonna, that Marina Colonna’s extra virgin olive oil came to life. Masseria Bosco Pontoni is near San Martino in Pensilis, 120 metres above sea level. There are 180 hectares of olive groves, cereals and vegetable crops.” From Marina Colonna website.
Marina Colonna Soc. Agr. S.r.l.
Masseria Bosco Pontoni 86046
S.Martino in Pensilis (CB),
Molise – Italy
T +39 0875 603006
T +39 0875 603009
Marina Colonna website
Terroir & Region
Molise is one of Italy’s smallest regions, second only to Valle d’Aosta, but boasts an ancient olive cultivation tradition dating back to Roman times, and about fifteen autochthonous olive oil cultivars. The olive groves of Molise extend for almost all its relatively small (and mainly hilly) surface, as shown by the Molise PDO which covers a large part of the region’s territory; one of its most exploited areas for olive cultivation is the Venafro plain. Discover other regions.
Cultivar / Olive Variety
Frantoio, Leccino, Ascolana, Coratina, Cima Di Melfi, Fs17, Nocellara del Belice. Discover more.