Tilted Shed Ciderwork’s Lost Orchard Cider is the product of serendipity. Tilted Shed co-owner Scott Heath found the abandoned orchard in west Sonoma County and discovered it held numerous cider apple trees. He worked the orchard back into shape and the result is the this small batch, beautifully rendered cider. You can read more about Tilted Shed in this profile or read the review of the Tilted Shed January Barbecue Cider. Or, you can simply work to find this bottling as well as others from this outstanding craft cidery.
A fine moderate fizz prevails to begin then disappears into a misty, edge-hugging mousse. The cider is richly golden with the tiniest hint of cloudiness. Meanwhile, hold this up to your nose and take a big, honking whiff. Apple, lemon, forest floor, orange blossom and a keen yeasty note. It’s complex and impressive. There is a wine-character to the Lost Orchard cider with its prominent tannins and linear acidity. Both these qualities produced a watering mouth when the medium bodied drink spreads over your tongue and gums and palate. Enjoy that sensation. Bitter apple, sage, a hint of tart lemon and the shadow of sweet apple form a very alluring melange of flavors in this one. But the thing is, those flavors go on and on and on and on….lasting a good minute in your mouth upon first taste. This is high quality, well-cared for juice that needs drinking. You’ll do well to pair the Lost Orchard with an herb crusted salmon, maybe some quickly seared proscuitto, a pork dish or sauteed liver and onions. Beautiful cider.