As fall comes to the Rogue Valley, cooler temperatures and wet weather bring renewed growth to the pastures. This is when Rogue's cow’s milk is at its best – and it’s only during these months that they make limited edition, seasonal Rogue River Blue – a cheese named 2019/2020 World Champion at the World Cheese Awards. After 9 to 11 months of careful tending in the aging caves, their team hand-wraps each wheel in organic, biodynamic Syrah grape leaves that have soaked in pear spirits. It is released every year in September. Its flavors are fruity with notes of vanilla, toffee, truffle, and fig. It has a pronounced “blue” flavor.
Please note: we snagged a rare wheel of extra-aged Rogue River Blue. This current wheel is four years old and is boozy and crunchy from the crystals that develop when cheese ages. We only have one wheel per shop, so grab a hunk before it's gone.
Farm/Producer/Importer: Rogue Creamery
Place: Central Point, OR
Milk Type: Cow
Age: 12 months
Pairing: Viognier, Syrah