Meaning "sweet" in Italian, Gorgonzola Dolce DOP is a soft, blue, buttery cheese made with pasteurized cow's milk. The cheese took its name from a small town in Lombardy near Milan, where it said to have been born in the 12th century. It has a pale yellow, buttery, and melty paste speckled with a homogeneous distribution of blue and green veins. Flavors are not very assertive but sweet, mild with notes of sour cream and lactic tang. It takes minimum aging of 45 days to let Gorgonzola demonstrate its unique characteristics.