Black Butte Reserve
Black Butte Reserve is a Gouda-style premium, aged cheese.
Texture & Flavor
The creamy, robust cheese boasts flavors that are sharp and grassy. A creamy texture makes it particularly delicious for fondue and macaroni and cheese.
Black Butte Reserve is made only during the spring when the pastures are in full bloom. The high quality of the milk is preserved in this robust, raw milk cheese.
Aged for a minimum of six months, the cheese develops a strong, nutty bite with the full flavor of lush spring foliage.
Black Butte Reserve pairs quite nicely with a meaty red wine like our Heritage Shiraz to bring out caramel notes in the cheese.
In 1996 Tim Pedrozo, a third generation dairy farmer, and his wife Jill, bought a small herd of Holstein and Jersey cows. Their hope was to allow their animals to graze outdoors on the variety of grasses that grew in their pastures.
Over the next two years it became clear that sustaining a farm on fluid milk production was too great a burden.
Packing up their family and herd of 50 cows, the Pedrozos bought a farm in the Sacramento Valley town of Orland. Learning to make a Gouda-style cheese from the former owner, they set out on their new endeavor.
Throughout the years, the Pedrozos have developed their own style and their cheeses are true California originals.
Their commitment to sustainable agriculture and responsible stewardship has remained as strong as ever.
Their cows have year-round access to the outdoors and graze on natural grasses as long as the pastures are in bloom. The health and of their cows and their natural diet come through in the robust flavors of their raw milk cheeses.
Availability, Ordering and Shipping
Sourced from creameries all over the world many of our cheeses are from small family-owned, alpine farms and only produced in limited quantities or at one-time each year. We take most of their production which goes straight out to our club members.
Our cheeses are sold in an 8 ounce cut. When ordering more please use “quantity” in multiples of 8 ounces i.e., for one pound order a quantity of 2.
Because our cheese club members take precedence we may have limited inventory of some cheese products.
If you order a cheese that is unavailable our customer service team will contact you with delivery details or a substitute cheese product.
Your cheese selections are individually wrapped in sustainable, recyclable, low environmental impact food wrapping which will extend the life of the cheese in your refrigerator.
The cheese is then carefully packed in an insulated container with “cool” ice packs and sealed in its shipping box to be sent via overnight air arriving fresh and cool at your home or office.
We search the world for fresh, natural cheeses made from milk produced by family-owned, free grazing animals and crafted by artisan, quality-focused cheese makers. Each year we choose only the best cheeses to pair for our wine and cheese club members to enjoy.