Ribela is a Spanish cidermaker from the Galician region in Northwestern Spain where cider has been produced for centuries and is a culture unto itself. Ribela is imported by the Shelton Brothers in Massachusetts, who have put together a very eclectic collection of ciders from various cidermaking regions.
No head, but clearly effervescent is this Galician sidra. Its light golden color is slightly clouded. The musty, vinegary, citrusy nose on this cider squarely identifies it a Spanish. But in addition to these dominant aromas, you’ll note a floral character on the nose that is very pleasant. The weight is only moderate and on the palate there is only a tiny bit of sparkle. The flavors of this lovely sidra fall into the lemony, tart, vinegar realm. Acid overwhelms any tannin and there is little to no sweetness detected here. Winemakers and wine drinkers encountering this drink for the first time would surely identify the relatively high levels of volatile acidity as a fault. But ignore these voices. This is very nicely balanced, very bright Spanish cider.