Gorgonzola Dolce DOP
Made from pasteurized cow's milk
Country of origin: Italy
Region: Provinces of Alessandria, Bergamo, Biella, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Cuneo, Lecco, Lodi, Milano, Nova
Type: soft, artisan, blue-veined
Colour: pale yellow
Flavour: buttery, creamy, mild, sweet
Aroma: mild, milky
Meaning "sweet" in Italian, Gorgonzola Dolce DOP is a soft, blue, buttery cheese made with pasteurized cow's milk. The cheese took its name from a small town in Lombardy near Milan, where it said to have been born in the 12th century. It has a pale yellow, buttery and melty paste speckled with a homogeneous distribution of blue and green veins. The rind is compact, rough, hard and grey/pinkish in colour but not edible. Flavours are not very assertive but sweet, mild with notes of sour cream and lactic tang. It takes a minimum of 45 days ageing to let Gorgonzola demonstrate its unique characteristics.
The cheese pairs well with a Tuscan Vin Santo and Champagne.