Esmontonian Reserve Goat Cheese
Caromont Farm is close to the tiny village of Esmont – one road, no stoplight, and the kind of small town post office of a bygone era. This cheese is named for their town. It is a small rustic tomme, made in a basket mold and aged to create a natural rind and firm bite. The Esmontonian begins with notes of minerality, a touch of citrus, and finishes with a delicate earthy aroma and a toasted maple note.
Caromont Farm is located 23 miles South of Charlottesville, Virginia, in the heart of Virginia’s Monticello Wine Region. We are proud to be a woman-owned and run business.
Chef and cheesemaker Gail Hobbs-Page has produced award winning goat’s milk and cow’s milk cheeses since 2007. After many years of cooking professionally with renowned chefs such as Edna Lewis and Ben and Karen Barker, Gail set her sights on farming and cheesemaking. She studied artisan cheesemaking at UVM in Burlington Vermont, and has worked with award winning cheesemakers from The Cellars at Jasper Hill, Grey Barn Creamery, and Uplands Creamery. Her food and farming philosophy is time honored --- delicious and nutritious food comes from animals that eat and live well. Gail’s goats are raised on the sustainable principles of grass-based holistic management. This practice creates vibrant full flavored cheeses of place.