California Olive Ranch (COR), North America’s largest olive oil producer, received three medals from The California Olive Oil Council (COOC) for their 2008 harvest extra virgin olive oils: Both the single varieties Arbequina and Arbosana earned gold and COR’s single variety estate Koroneiki received a silver medal.
The COOC announced its silver and gold awards at its annual meeting held in Sonoma on February 28. The competition drew over 65 producers and 106 oils. A blind tasting was conducted, using the Mario Solinas Assessment, an internationally preferred method for scoring. 13 trained COOC judges from the organization’s certification tasting panel evaluated the oils.
Gregg Kelley, CEO of the California Olive Ranch (COR), notes that the uniform international guidelines allow similarly trained panels worldwide to evaluate extra virgin olive oils with the same results. “We are honored with these awards that recognize our world-class extra virgin olive oils. Since the competition included a broad range of producers, from artisan to commercial, these results demonstrate that our system of large-scale high-density farming produces the highest quality olive oil available worldwide.”
California Olive Ranch’s leading edge methods of production ensure that its extra virgin olive oils maintain their just picked flavor, aroma and freshness as well as provide the highest nutritional benefits available. COR’s Arbequina has a high fruitiness profile with balanced pungency and a very pleasing clean taste. Arbosana has fruity and nutty tones, with medium pungency. Their single variety estate Koroneiki has a robust fruity nose with a strong, peppery finish. It is characterized by aromas of fresh grass and artichokes with a wonderful balance and superb character.
“As someone who has been in the business of milling olive oil for years, it is truly gratifying that the most discerning judges recognize that the finest oils can be produced in large quantities,” said head miller Bob Singletary. “We have Bob’s intense focus on quality and the extremely high standards maintained by our orchard management and milling teams to thank for these awards,” added Kelley.