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CAMEMBERT SOFT RIPENED CHEESE
Cirrus is our Pacific Northwest variation on French soft-ripened cheese. This rich cheese grows creamier and more indulgent with age when it develops a nutty, buttery flavor and a gooey texture that will soothe your palate.
2016: American Cheese Society - 1st Place in Class
2015: US Cheese Championship - 3rd Place in Class
Cirrus pairs well with pears, apples and figs, but it's creamy, buttery flavor is versatile enough to enjoy with dark chocolate, charcuterie, and preserves
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Reisling
Cirrus's best by date is 65 days after it is made. When it's young (65-45 days prior to the best by date) it has a milky fresh, salty flavor with a bit of acidity. As it matures (45 to 20 days prior to the best by date) the ripening will become more noticeable on the outer section of the paste. Within 20 days of the best by date the cheese should be mostly ripened. The ripened area will have a translucent, cream color, which will appear very different from the white unripened section.
Opinions vary on the optimal time to enjoy soft ripened cheese. If you like lighter flavor and a firmer texture, then earlier is better. If you prefer stronger flavors and a soft, creamy texture, then wait until it's closer to the sell by date. Remember this style of cheese changes dramatically as it ages. Experiencing the cheese at different ages is part of the fun, so don't be afraid to experiment.