Castilla y León, Spain
Named for its home region, Leonora® is a prime example of the recent renaissance in Spanish cheesemaking. Oscar Fernando Marcos Gonzalez created the soft-ripened, brick-shaped cheese, loosely basing it on a traditional cheese from Galicia known as Babia and Laciana. He sources his milk from 2 farms, always from Murciana goats, and helps create the cheese’s signature bright, lemony flavor through the process of lactic fermentation. The lush cheese balances complexity, acidity, and richness, with a mushroomy creamline that develops as the cheese ripens. It exemplifies how Oscar is part of a new generation of cheesemakers that respects traditions but isn’t afraid to innovate and expand the definition of what constitutes great Spanish cheese.