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Big Sur

Located on the central coast of California, Stepladder Ranch was founded in 1871 and has been family-owned and operated for three generations.  After a brief career in the tech industry, cheesemaker Jack Rudolph took the ranch over from his grandfather and built a creamery and dairy. In addition to pigs, avocados and citrus trees, the ranch is now home to 35 LaMancha goats who provide the milk for Stepladder's farmstead cheeses. The creamery also works with cow's milk from a small, local mixed herd of Jerseys and Holsteins.

Made from a blend of cow and goat milk, Big Sur offers a bright and lemon acidity that complements the richness of the cow's milk. The small-format cheese is dusted with ash and then develops a bloomy rind. The paste remains dense as the cheese ripens, but becomes smoother and creamier with age.

Farm / Company: Stepladder Creamery

Cheesemaker: Jack Rudolph

Proprietor: Jack Rudolph

Affineur: Jack Rudolph

City, State: Cambria, CA

Region: West

Country: USA

Milk Type: Blended

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Bloomy ash

Texture: Soft

Aging: 12 days

Size(s): 3.5 ounce round