Pleasant Ridge Reserve Cheese Full Wheel

 

$335.00

Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese from Uplands Cheese, Dodgeville, Wisconsin.

Full Wheel to share with Family and Friends, Fromagination Cheese Paper included

Made from raw cow milk.

Uplands Cheese makes only two types of cheese, and its Pleasant Ridge Reserve is one of the United States’ most-awarded cheeses, winning three Best of Show awards from the American Cheese Society in 2001, 2005 and 2010.  Pleasant Ridge Reserve also won the U.S. Cheese Championship in 2003, becoming the only cheese ever to win both major overall championships!

Pleasant Ridge is a cheese made with only the milk of the farm’s own mixed herd of 140 or so Holsteins, Brown Swiss and Jerseys. Production is very small—about 6,000 wheels this year. They utilize a seasonal, open grazing system, which means all the milk used to make the Pleasant Ridge Reserve is taken when the cows are happy and content out in the open pasture. Happy cows make great tasting milk.

Each wheel weighs approx. 11.2 lbs

Description

Named after the land formation on which the Uplands Cheese farm sits, Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese is made in the tradition of Alpine cheeses like Gruyere and Beaufort.  Similar to other versions of alpage cheeses, the cheesemakers at Uplands Cheese only make Pleasant Ridge Reserve from May through October when their cows are eating fresh, natural plant pasturage.  The resulting grass-fed, raw milk produces flavors in the cheese that can’t be replicated by “ordinary” milk.   Andy Hatch, Uplands Cheese cheesemaker, says using only the ideal milk is the most important component in ensuring the quality of cheese from Uplands Cheese.

The wheels we receive are specially selected for us- generally about six months more than what you’ll find almost anywhere else, hence the “Reserve”.  Currently the wheels we’re cutting into are just over one year old, made in August 2014. They’re very complex, greeting you with lush sweet fruity notes, ending with an ultra-long finish.

Pairing suggestions: Quince & Apple Pear with Honey and Ginger Preserves, Potter’s Sesame Crackers.

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