Bra Tenero hails from Bra, Italy in the northern region of the Piedmont, self-proclaimed as the cheese capital of Europe, THE cheese producing region of Italy and origination of the Slow Food movement.
Often sold sold young, when it’s softer and tastes mostly of cream, the Tenero reviewed here has some age on it. It’s picked up cave-aged flavors of limestone, damp minerals but is contrastingly mild otherwise. It’s not unlike a mild English farmhouse cheddar minus the grassiness. The region around Bra is known as Langhe and is, for my money, one of the finest wine-producing regions in the world… recall my bias for Barbaresco, and Barolo, and Nebbiolo, and Moscato, and Arneis and, of course… and Barbera d’Alba.
Oh, and truffles. Same region. Seriously? It’s ground zero for my favorites. I must have had ancestors there a millenia ago. A tavola non si invecchia!
Cheese: Bra Tenero
Where: Bra, Cuneo/Piedmont, Italy
Milk Type: cow
Rind: natural (briefly brined)
Shape: 13-18lb wheels
Tasting notes: mild, slightly sweet, minerals, limestone
The next review: Fromager d’Affinois Blue