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Cellars at Jasper Hill
Alpha Tolman

$27.99/LB

Alpha Tolman is made using the traditional Alpine methods of cooking and pressing
the curds during cheesemaking to achieve a tight, elastic texture and robust, complex
flavors. The wheels are then washed with brine to infuse them with a funky edge.
Named after a philanthropic diary farmer in Greensboro, Alpha Tolman is Jasper Hill's
ode to their community. Young wheels have milky, fruit and nut flavors and a smooth
mouth feel. Mature wheels are more bold and meaty with amplified butter and
caramelized onion flavors carried by a rich and crystalline texture. Try pairing with a
robust Ale, plummy red wine, or onion jam.

Just the facts

Country USA
Region Vermont
Maker Cellars at Jasper Hill
Milk Type Cow
Pasteurization Unpasteurized
Rennet Type Animal
Age 7-11 months
Cheese Type Swiss and Nutty
Wheel Weight 22 pounds
Pairing Recommendations

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  • Merlot

    A smooth and medium-bodied wine with a more rounded flavor than other reds. Dark fruits are present but with minimal tannins and no noticeable spice.
    Pair with: Earthy tommes like Toma Walser, mellow Fontina, or a lightly aged goat cheese like Leonora.

  • Farmhouse Ales

    Farmhouse, Saison, Bière de Garde, Lambic, Sour Beer

    Farmhouse ales, instead of being driven by malt or hops, depend on the yeast for their distinctive spicy, floral, and tart flavors. Commonly made by brewers in France and Belgium, farmhouse ales are usually light in color and body and quite effervescent. From time to time, brewers allow wild yeasts to ferment the beer, resulting in a brew that falls somewhere in between pleasantly bright to bracingly sour.
    Pair with: Mushroomy Brie Fermier or funky, bacony Epoisses are matches made in heaven.

  • Porters and Stouts

    Porter, Stout, Imperial Stout

    Welcome to the dark side of beer. Porters and Stouts are born of heavily roasted malted barley, which colors the beer and develops toasty flavors recalling chocolate, coffee, and chicory. Looks can be deceiving, though: dark doesn’t always mean strong. Porters and stouts can be incredibly light in body, or big boozy affairs that pour like syrup.
    Pair with: A mild, creamy blue like Cambozola Black.

  • Pinot Noir

    Lighter bodied and delicate. Old World style generally offers more funk, New World more fruit.

    Old World Pinot: Flavors of fresh cherries and raspberry balanced by a barnyard funk and high minerality. Sometimes has floral aromas, reminiscent of rose petal.
    Pair with: Almost anything! Works with funky Frenchies Epoisses and Langres, or mild natural rinds like St. Nectaire.

    New World Pinot: More sugary, with jam-like fruit, dried cherries, oak, and spice.
    Pair with: Full, fatty flavors. Alpines, cheddars, and Manchego.

     

Cave Aged Alpha Tolman zoom

Makes a great cheese plate with...