Located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, EZ Orchard is the product of the The Zielinski Family. Their Willamette Valley Cidre is the only cider produced. The inspiration is the cidre of Northern France. In fact, upwards of 85% of the apples used in this cider are traditional French cider varieties. The apples were planted in 2000 and led to the first bottling in 2009. I urge you to seek out this bottling. It is as authentic a craft cider you will find.
I’d be very much interested to understand the science of foam(ing), if only to appreciate why the foam appearing upon pouring the EZ Orchard 2011 Cidre was the largest head I’ve yet encountered on a cider. Within seconds, it disappears. But it is an impressive display. Meanwhile, a deep golden liquid sets up that carries a red tint, suggesting something rich to come. And what comes really is special. The aromas that lift off this cider are subtle but wide and complex with clean apple lifting up highest. Cherry, warm ale, baking spices and a yeasty note swim together rendering a swirl of goodness. The palate is balance on a scale. tannin and acid bearing equal weight, neither too much, neither in retreat while the fizz is present but not overbearing—like Sparkling wine. It’s medium bodied and spreads out in a juicy fashion across the palate. Then, apple, pear a light and interesting musty note, all woven together and long and lasting. Finally, the 2011 EZ Orchard Cidre is nearly dry, leaving a simper of sweetness as the final note. This is chart topping hard cider. It costs a mere $12.99 per 750ml. bottle. This is monumentally under-priced making it among the best values in the alcohol beverage channel I’ve ever encountered.