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PERENZIN | SKU: ITC-128
Only the richest fresh milk from the surrounding pristine mountain pastures is used to make this ancient cheese. Montasio can be sold and eaten after aging for as few as two months, but this particular hard version, Montasio Stravecchio (extra old), from Latteria Perenzin, is aged for both five and 20 months. While the five month-aged cheese still retains a bit of softness and a bright, milky flavor, the aged Montasio is especially intriguing for its intensity, balanced out by prominent, yet mellow, flavors. The extra aging gives Montasio a particularly aromatic flavor reminiscent of dried fruits, berries, grasses, and nuts with a tangy, almost citrusy mid-palate.
There's more to this region than the snaking waterways and Byzantine mosaics of the capital -- Venetian cuisine is also a wealth of splendid surprises. From snackable cicchetti to savory rice and polenta, the food here is packed with flavor.