Roncal

$24.00/Lb


An ancient raw sheep milk cheese from Navarra in the Basque territory near the border of France. Pressed, aged paste develops a fuler, more gamy flavor than the bordering Manchego, which it is often (mistakenly) likened to. Buff tan to butter yellow in color, the hard paste develops into a slightly grainy consistency. Herbaceous and grassy notes underscore a lightly gamy, buttery flavor, with unmistakable sheepiness in the mix. The more it ages, the more that tanginess takes on the taste of sweet, floral flavors. A hint of spiciness is the ideal - it balances out well with a refreshing glass of Sauvignon Blanc.


Just the Facts

Country
Spain
Region
Navarra
Milk Type
Sheep
Pasteurization
Raw
Rennet Type
Animal
Age
6 months

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    Pair with: Creamy goat or mixed milk cheese with a crisp acidic element. La Tur or Brunet are great alongside the fruit-tart flavors of the wine.



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