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Finca Sierra La Solana was established in 1878 and is one of only 10 cheesemakers still producing farmstead PDO Manchego with a natural rind. Located in the La Mancha region of Spain, the farm has grown grapes and almonds, and now uses the milk of its 500 ewes to make Manchego. Named for the year Cervantes wrote the novel “Don Quixote,” which includes references to the classic cheese, Manchego 1605 is a raw milk, natural-rinded version that is aged for between six and nine months for a firm, slightly granular texture. Per PDO guidelines, each wheel must be formed in esparto grass molds (which give the cheese its signature zig-zag pattern on the rind) and pressed under wooden boards (which leaves indentations on the top and bottom which are reminiscent of wheat). This strict production style gives the cheese is grassy, earthy, peppery and nutty with surprising acidity and spiced notes. A classic not to be missed!

Manchego 1605

Size
  • 6 1/2 lbs Wheel
  • 12/8oz.
Cheese Type
Manchego
Texture
Firm
Milk
Sheep
Milk Treatment
Raw
Rind
Natural
Coagulant
Traditional
Aging
6-9 months
Producer/Affineur
(Finca Sierra la Solana/Essex Street Cheese Co.) Maria Jose Gonzalez
Location
La Mancha, Spain
Retail Pack
No
Pre-Cuts Available
Yes