Manchego 1605

Finca Sierra La Solana was established in 1878 and is one of only 10 cheesemakers still producing farmstead PDO Manchego with a natural rind.

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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!


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
Location: La Mancha, Spain
Retail Pack: No

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