Region of origin: TUSCANY
Flavor category: STRONGLY FRUITY
Smell: Strong hint of artichoke
Flavor: Remarkable olive and artichoke with a strong and enduring bitter and spicy aftertaste
Uses: Bardi extra virgin olive oil is suggested on red meats,grilled vegetables, salads and soups. Good to balance strong tasting foods and to soften the taste of wild game
Bardi is rare. Only 5% of the olive oil in Italy comes from Tuscany, where the Bardi olives grow. It is as rare as the poets – the bardi – like Dante and Boccaccio who lived there.
In the rolling hills of Siena, near the region that produces the noble Montepulciano wines, a family carries on the centuries-old traditions of Tuscan extra virgin olive oil. Before Columbus even thought about going to America, every farmer in Siena was planting four olive trees a year – it was the law.
The quartet of olives that gives Bardi extra virgin olive oil its unique flavor are Leccino, Frantoio, Moraiolo, and Pendolino. The Tuscan terra produces the olives, but it takes the skill of a master to mix them into the perfect blend. When you first uncap the bottle, Bardi releases an extraordinary artichoke aroma. This oil tastes strongly of its olives and of artichoke, with a bitter and peppery lingering finish.
This bitterness is a quality sought after by olive oil conoscenti. The fresh bite is the hallmark of a fine Tuscan olive oil, just as tannins are the trademark of a fine wine.
If you have a bit of the poet in your soul, and if you like the pungent cheeses and robust Super Red wines so characteristic of Tuscany, then Bardi, our Super Gold, will speak to you.