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Loma Alta

Producer
Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
Country
United States
Region
California
Size
2 ¼” tall, 8” diameter
Weight
4 lbs
Website
www.nicasiocheese.com
Milk
Cow
Classification
Soft
Rennet
Animal
Rind
Mold Ripened

Located in Nicasio, California, Nicasio Valley Cheese Company is owned and operated by the Lafranchi family. Founded by Fredolino Lafranchi in 1919, Lafranchi Ranch, was a dream come true for the Swiss immigrant who arrived in the U.S. at the age of 17. The ranch became a family operation years later when Will Lafranchi, Fredolino’s eldest son took over running the business. Throughout this period, family connections to Switzerland remained strong and Will, along with his family, visited many times. These visits were filled with locally produced food, including artisanal cheeses at every meal. Inspired by his experiences in the old country, Will dreamed of producing great cheese on his ranch. Unfortunately, Will was unable to achieve this dream during his lifetime, but his children who now run the ranch, founded Nicasio Valley Cheese Company. Nicasio Valley Cheese focuses on bringing cheeses inspired by their family heritage to the U.S. Using rotational grazing for their herd of 400 cows and sustainable practices throughout the ranch, 100% of their herd is certified organically raised and their milk is used for the production of cheese. The creamery is located in a converted milking barn and recycled shipping containers are used as the aging rooms. Originally named Black Mountain, Loma Alta is a semi-soft cheese with a white bloomy rind, which develops a craggy, dimpled surface with the colors of granite as it matures. Aged for 3 to 6 weeks before release, the cheese has a texture like firm butter with a rich finish. The flavor is of rich browned butter with a touch of roasted nuts.

Tasting Notes

Originally named Black Mountain, Loma Alta is a semi-soft cheese with a white bloomy rind, which develops a craggy, dimpled surface with the colors of granite as it matures. Aged for 3 to 6 weeks before release, the cheese has a texture like firm butter with a rich finish. The flavor is of rich browned butter with a touch of roasted nuts.

Pairings

With its buttery, slightly nutty flavor, Champagne is the ideal pairing for Loma Alta. It is best served with raspberry jam as the accompaniment.

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