I clear, light golden liquid with linger bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass is what comes out of the Wanderlust bottle. This Oregon-born cider from the 2012 vintage delivers up bright, clean, ripe apple aromas that appear unvarnished in any way. Only the slightest hint of musty/yeasty aroma bothers to compete with the apples. On the palate you get a moderately effervescent drink that is light bodied and sports a crisp acidity, and bothering little with tannins. The hint of residual sugar shows up on the front of the palate. This is not sweet cider, but the hint of sugar leans forward. Dried apple, lemony citrus, yeast notes and herb (along with that slight dose of sugar) are all nicely integrated here. The finish is where the tannins show up, but not in abundance. This is quite lovely cider that would accompany numerous foods. I’d opt for sheep’s milk cheeses.
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