Red Casanova highlights the exceptional quality of the milk produced by the farmers who belong to the cooperative dairy Bio-Käserei Wiggensbach. The texture of this washed rind cheese is absurdly rich, and velvety smooth. When it comes to flavor, Red Casanova capture the qualities found in hard mountain cheeses from the area, think garlic and onion notes, but in a cheese that has the texture of butter. While the outer rind can get a bit potent in aroma, the high fat content of the paste tampers down any aggressive flavors that would normal show from a cheese in this category. Despite its mouthfeel, the cheese remains firm in form, making it easy to manage on the counter.
FORMAT 5.5 lb wheel
TYPE Washed rind
MILK Pasteurized Cow, Brown Swiss, Organic Hay Milk
RENNET Traditional calf stomach
PRODUCER Franz Berchtold, Bio-Käserei Wiggensbach
REGION Wiggensbach, Bavaria, Germany
AGE 5-7 weeks
PROFILE The paste is incredibly smooth and velvety in texture. The strong, pleasant flavors of butterfat and sweet cream help to mellow the intense flavors that can develop from a washed rind cheese. While Red Casanova also has funky and spicy notes permeating in from the rind, they complement the cheese rather than overpower.