Extra Aged Goat (Sartori)
Established in 1939 by Paolo Sartori, Sartori Cheese Company is a fourth generation family owned business based in Plymouth, Wisconsin.
Primarily renowned for their production of hard and Italian style cheeses, the company sources milk from local, family owned farms within a close radius to their production facilities. The herd size at each farm averages 75 cows and many of the farms have worked with Sartori for multiple generations. The company also operates an incentive program that encourages each farm to produce the best quality milk possible.
For production of Sartori’s cheeses, the milk is heated, cultures and rennet are added and, once the milk has coagulated, the curd is cut, releasing the whey which is drained off.
The remaining curd is hand-salted and transferred into hoops and then pressed for several hours. After that,the newly formed wheels of cheese are placed in a warm “overnight” room to encourage the expulsion of more whey.
Wheels are then trimmed by hand and placed in a brine bath which encourages the formation of a rind. After the brine bath, the cheese is moved to a curing room for further maturation.
Sartori launched their limited production, Extra Aged Goat cheese in June 2012. Wheels are made from 100% pasteurized goat’s milk and aged for a minimum of 10 months before release.
Flavors are mild and approachable with savory notes of cream, grass and caramel and a pleasant tang on the finish.
This cheese pairs well with charcuterie and other cured meats, roast lamb and pita bread. Good wine pairings include Chianti, Red Zinfandel and Reisling, while beers such as Weizen and Wheat beer make good matches.