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D.O.: An ancient raw sheep milk cheese from Navarra in the Basque territory near the border of France. Pressed, aged paste develops a fuller, more gamy flavor than Manchego, to which it is often (mistakenly) likened. Its wheel size and aging conditions share greater similarity with unsmoked Idiazabal (rarely seen in the U.S.). The aroma is musty and distinctly lanolin-y.

Just the facts

Country Spain
Region Navarra
Milk Type Sheep
Pasteurization Unpasteurized
Rennet Type Animal
Age 6 months
Cheese Type Manchego and Sheepy
Wheel Weight 6 pounds
Pairing Recommendations

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