Reviews

2015 Liberty Ciderworks Reserve Series Kingston Black

2015 Liberty Ciderworks Reserve Series Kingston Black

More from Liberty’s Reserve Series, this is a 100% Kingston Black cider produced from apples grown at Steury Orchards in Potlatch, Idaho. The color is a distinctive and rich orange/amber that fills the glass quietly and perhaps has the barest cloudiness. The aromatics are a tribute to ripeness. Notes of juicy, ripe apple leap from the… Read more »

2015 Liberty Ciderworks Columbia Crab – Reserve Series

2015 Liberty Ciderworks Columbia Crab - Reserve Series

The 2015 Columbia Crab from Liberty Ciderworks is part of its exciting series of single variety ciders produced from this Spokane cidery. It pours with an obvious effervescence into a light golden liquid with small rising bubbles and just a hint of cloudiness. A beautiful pure apple aroma jumps from the glass. It’s ripe apple… Read more »

2015 South Hill Cider Pomme Sur Lie

2015 South Hill Cider Pomme Sur Lie

Steve Selin foraged wild apples from New York’s Finger Lakes region, as he is wont to do. This cider received a somewhat more extravagant handling, using barrel fermentation then allowing the cider to age sur lie for nine months in old, used oak barrels. The cider pours with a golden hue, clear, and without any effervescence…. Read more »

South Hill Cider Stone Fence Farm 2015

South Hill Cider Stone Fence Farm 2015

Another of Steve Selin’s new small batch dry and still ciders. The Stone Fence Farm 2015 is produced from a blend of several cider and heirloom apple trees growing on the Stone Fence Farm in Trumansburg in Upstate New York. Arriving still and brilliantly clear in the glass, a rich golden/yellow hue makes a pretty sight… Read more »

South Hill Cider Packbasket 2015

South Hill Cider Packbasket 2015

The Packbasket is a newer, small batch (only 96 cases) cider from Steve Selin of New York’s formidable South Hill Ciders. Out of the bottle, the appearance of the cider is revealing. Not so much for the muted golden color, but rather for the absence of any bubbles. This is one of those still-rare dry… Read more »

Cidrerie Daufresne Poiré

Cidrerie Daufresne Poiré

Daufresne’s Poiré is a clear, golden colored pear cider from the Normandy region of France that shoots minimal, medium-sized bubbles after an initial boost of foaming effervescence. High toned pear aromas mingle about with a bit of earth in the aroma and a sour note. This is an acid driven poiré with a good dose… Read more »

Cidrerie Daufresne Brut

Cidrerie Daufresne Brut

Beautiful golden color revealed after an initial foam up that disintegrates into tiny rising bubbles. The aromas a strictly apple driven; ripe, rich apple notes enveloped in a soft, farmyard halo. Structurally this is primarily a bitter tannin arrangement with a modicum of acid. It could use a touch more. Slightly sweet apple dominate the… Read more »

Manoir de Grandouet Cidre Fermier Brut

Manoir de Grandouet Cidre Fermier Brut

The Cidre Fermier Brut from Manoir de Grandouet in Normandy’s Paye d’Auge region pours with a rich and tall foam, giving way to a light, cognac-colored liquid. Very beautiful in the glass. Aromatically, this Norman cider is very expressive and throws true, funky, farmyard notes out of the glass. Overripe, nearly rotten apple notes are… Read more »

Domaine de la Minoliere Cidre Fermier Bio

Domaine de la Minoliere Cidre Fermier Bio

The Minoliere organic farmhouse cider pours into the glass with a rush of foaming effervescence that eventually calms to a ring of suds and leaves behind a slightly cloudy burnt orange Normandy cidre. Out of the glass rise a set of earthy, yeasty, doughy aromas that wrap themselves around a ripe apple core of aromas…. Read more »

New Avalon 2015 Bartlett Perry

New Avalon 2015 Bartlett Perry

Produced from Bartlett pears grown at Fortunate Farms in Delta, Colorado, this perry comes into the glass with a typical pale yellow pear color. The perry is a bit cloudy too and sports slow rising bubbles. An aromatic set of ripe pear, apple, orange blossom and honey all come together in beautiful harmony. The aromas… Read more »