Uplands Cheese Company Pleasant Ridge Reserve Extra Aged
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- Animal Rennet
- Age: 9-24 Months
- Cow Milk
- by Uplands Cheese
- United States
Inspired by classic French mountain cheese Beaufort, Pleasant Ridge Reserve is a true American classic. The firm, beeswax-yellow paste of this handcrafted, raw-milk cheese boasts vivid savory and fruity flavors alongside a delicate crunch. Made exclusively from spring through early fall, Uplands Cheese Company Pleasant Ridge Reserve Extra Aged gets its complexity from a strict grass-based diet, happy cows, and careful aging. Try it with Murray's Marcona Almonds and an aged Rioja.
- Pleasant Ridge Reserve Extra Aged is one of just two cheeses made by the Wisconsin-based Uplands Cheese Company.
- Raw, summer milk from the farm’s pasture-fed cows is transformed into superb wheels of this Beaufort-inspired cheese.
- The bright yellow paste matures into a firm, dense, creamy-crunchy, cheese —one that is savory but with distinct fruity notes reminiscent of mangoes, passionfruit, or canned pineapple.
- Head Cheesemaker Andy Hatch often says that he is a grass farmer, as the quality of the grass directly correlates with the quality of his cheese.
- Hatch holds himself to extremely high standards when it comes to cheesemaking.
- Batches of Pleasant Ridge are created only when he is confident that the quality of the grass will guarantee exceptional cheese.
- The farm’s grass is at its peak during the summer months; thus, Pleasant Ridge is only made during this time of year. It’s won countless awards, making it a true must-have.
- Uplands Cheese Company is the crown jewel of Wisconsin artisan cheesemaking, located on Pleasant Ridge in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.
- The farm was founded in 1994 when neighboring farms joined forces in a seasonal, pasture-based grazing system.
- The farm is now owned and operated by two families: Andy and Caitlin Hatch and Scott and Liana Mericka.
- Nine different breeds of cow wander and graze seasonally across 300 acres of grazing land.
- Using a rotational grazing technique, the herd is moved every 12 to 24 hours to a new pasture to prevent the land from being over-foraged.
- Uplands uses only their own fresh, raw cow’s milk—grass-fed in the summer and supplemented for the short winter season. Their flavorful cheeses express the unique terroir of Wisconsin’s Uplands region.