About a year ago, Holman Ranch Vineyards and Winery sent me a sample of their 2012 Sauvignon Blanc to taste and it was quite good, a wine I'd return to for sure. Holman Ranch is more than just wines, though, the property includes many projects: weddings, events, an olive grove, and stables. Originally, the ranch was part of the lands bestowed to the Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo. In 1989, Dorothy McEwen planted the vineyards and created the ranch as it is known today, though the current owners, Thomas and Jarman Lowder, planted the olive groves. They were kind enough to provide a sample of their Holman Ranch Olive Oil for tasting.
The olive tree grove is composed of 100 trees with cultivars of Frantoio, Leccino, Mission, Coratina, Pendolino and Picholine represented. The trees were raised in a nursery from 1994 and then transplanted to the Ranch in 2007. Nice to know: Although the Olive Grove is not certified organic, organic practices are employed and the mill is certified organic.
I found the olive oil to be very rich and creamy. There are strong grassy notes both on the nose and the palate - this oil tastes fresh and alive. We tried it neat, as part of salad dressings, and also for cooking - a very versatile olive oil, it worked splendidly in all situations.
Oil provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.
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