Upon entering the Skipstone property, find yourself in a majestic olive orchard that blankets the first slope as you make your way up the mountain to our estate vineyard above Alexander Valley. The seven acre hillside grove is home to 550 Manzanillo olive trees that range in age from 4 to 40 years old. Since the first year of operation, careful sustainable farming practices have been implemented and we are very proud that now in the tenth year of operation the orchard and our Extra Virgin Olive Oil are certified Organic by CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers).
The 2013 Melina’s Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil is once again a gorgeous oil and signals the return of the freshness of Spring. The aroma draws a picture of a bright sunny day with fresh cut grass, green apples, and a hint of ripe banana. The mouthfeel is full and round with flavors of green olive and toasted pine nuts, finishing with a slight pungency rounding out the richness with a little spice.
Typically served as table olives because of their low oil content, choosing to grow Manzanillo olives requires sacrificing overall yield for superior quality and flavor. The process of crafting Melina's Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil is kept simple to ensure absolute purity of this delicious oil.
Every autumn, at the peak of the season, the olives are carefully hand picked and cold-pressed the same day, often within hours. The combination of artisan harvest and production methods produces distinctive olive oil, and has earned Skipstone the distinguished Extra Virgin certification by the California Olive Oil Council and five Gold Medals from the prestigious Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition.
This year’s offering is a beautiful accompaniment to spring and summertime cuisine and is excellent as a finishing oil for grilled fish, fresh soups and roasted garden vegetables.
Growing region: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
Orchard: 550 trees
Olive variety: Manzanillo
Harvest: November 26 – Dec 3
Oil extraction process: hammer milled
Grade: Certified Extra Virgin by California Olive Oil Council, unfiltered
Accolades: Gold Medal, COOC National Olive Oil Competition