Half the cider used to create this small batch bottling was aged for six months in Pinot Noir barrels from renowned Oregon Pinot Noir producer Brick House. The other half, not aged. It begins with slightly cloudy light gold coloring and minimal evidence of carbonated. We don’t detect much in the way of grape or wine or barrel aromas in the nose but instead enjoy the underripe apple, hints of vinegar, and a very fresh uplifted perfumed floral note. Roses, to be specific. The cider is dry and juicy on the palate and delivers up more underripe apple flavors, bready/yeasty notes, a woody/earthy character and the slightest enjoyable hints of apricot. Structurally this cider trades on its beautifully built tannins that spread out across the palate and seem to invite a food pairing of something substantial. Think grilled pork chop. There is little or no evidence of alcohol, though it’s in there. A very nice cider from the Portland-based Cider Riot folks that will please a lot of palates.
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