|Crop Year||2019 – 2020|
|Cultivar||80% Taggiasca, 20% Leccino, Frantoio, Merlina, Colombara and Gentile.|
|Region||Liguria – Northwest Italy|
|Harvesting method||Hand Picking|
|Extraction Method||Cold extraction – Continuous two-phase system|
Sommariva “Cru Muela” is a cold-pressed Taggiasca-based (80%) multicultivar extra virgin olive oil. It is also classified as “mosto”, the product of the grinding of the first olives, which is not subject to any filtration process. This allows the producer to preserve all the aromas of the olives and its territory. Cru Muela is characterized by delicate flower and vegetable scents, and a soft aroma, kind and elegant, like a ballerina dancing on her toes.
Appearance & Visual Analysis
Lemon yellow with light Granny Smith green reflexes. Being unfiltered, this EVO oil has a nebulous appearance.
Scents & Olfactory analysis
Notes of sweet almond and pine nut can be perceived as predominant, with mild scents of vegetables (i.e. artichoke) and nuances of field grass to complete the picture. Tones of flowers (e.g. chamomile) can also be moderately found in the mix.
Tasting: Aromas & Flavours
In the mouth, Cru Muela has a light texture and a short aftertaste of almond and artichoke. It is gently bitter and has a slight/soft pungency. If you prefer touches of gentle flavours to strong tones, this is an EVOO that you should absolutely try on your dishes.
We love it with…
Thanks to its gentle taste we suggest pairing Cru Muela oil with fresh fruit salads, vanilla ice cream and desserts in general. We tried it with homemade chocolate plumcake and the pairing result was perfect.
We also suggest you enjoy it with typical Ligurian preparations such as Genoese flat bread and freshly-made Genoese pesto. You can also use it as a perfect dressing to raw fish appetizers or soft cheese.
Love and respect for their land, these are the beliefs of the Sommariva company, which was one of the first Italian manufacturers to obtain organic certification in 1972, and recently also obtained the “Carbon Trust Standard” certification for their commitment to reduce carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
The history of Sommariva started five generations ago, as a family business, and today “with an eye to the past and one to the future, it continues its journey along the paths of quality”.
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Terroir & Region
Liguria presents a very unique landscape: the Alpi mountains directly overlook the sea, making the work of the farmers so difficult that agriculture is somehow defined as “heroic”. But Ligurians never gave up. The peculiar way that they found to facilitate their agri-work was the construction of terracing (typical dry-stone walls) rewarded even by UNESCO as World Heritage. Olivicoltura is harsh in those conditions, but the beauty of the panorama and the taste of the land’s products – and that of the EVO oil among all – are the rich rewards to the efforts of the heroic people of Liguria. Discover the other regions.
Cultivar / Olive Variety
Taggiasca is the main olive variety of Liguria. Its name derives from the city of Taggia (Imperia). Thanks to its rich tasty flavour, it is not only used for olive oil production but also consumed as table olive. It usually confers its olive oils elegant notes of almond and nuts.