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Point Reyes Mini Quinta

Point Reyes Mini Quinta
Point Reyes Mini Quinta
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  • Pasteurized
  • Vegetarian Rennet
  • Age: 14-21 Days
  • Cow Milk
  • by Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co
  • United States
  • Approachable
  • Soft

Point Reyes’ Mini Quinta stands out from the spruce-wrapped pack with its petite size and California flair. Inspired by Switzerland’s seasonal Vacherin Mont d’Or, Quinta nails that custardy, spoonable interior. But here the spruce bark wrapper is infused with local bay laurel leaves, so the cheese is both herbaceous and woodsy, with rich notes of buttermilk. The small size makes it a special treat for two, with Rustic Bakery Olive Oil & Sel Gris Flatbread and Trois Petits Cochons Cornichons.

“I can eat this straight out of the wheel with a spoon, but I also like it heated up like a Vacherin Mont d'Or. You can even brûlée the top with sugar!”
Murray’s Merchandising – New York, NY
Cultured Pasteurized Cow'S Milk, Salt, Enzymes
  • Quinta is pronounced KEEN – tuh. It means farmstead in Portuguese, a nod to the Point Reyes owners’ heritage. It also translates to fifth in Spanish, as this is the fifth cheese added to Point Reyes’ core lineup.
  • Point Reyes puts their own stamp on a European classic by steeping the spruce bark in a tea made from bay laurel leaves harvested from their own farm. Each wheel is topped with a bay leaf.
  • The cheese is inspired by Vacherin Mont d’Or, the iconic spruce-wrapped cheese from the Jura mountains along the French-Swiss border.
  • But this is a distinctly American take, the flavor reflecting the terroir of Northern California, where cows enjoy the cool coastal climate and lush green pastures.
  • The steeped bark imparts woodsy and herbaceous notes to the cheese (particularly closer to the rind) while also holding in the increasingly oozy, luscious paste.
  • Mini Quinta is delicious at any age, but its flavor profile will change as it matures. Younger wheels boast more notes of buttermilk and vanilla, while older wheels lean toward cultured butter, wild mushroom, and woodsy aromas.
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