The 2013 Albee Hill Cider from Eve’s is produced from a blend of large blend of cider apples grown on a hillside plot in the Eve’s Cidery orchard. It is a wonderfully complex cider that provides both structure, juicy fruit guts and a remarkable elegance. Out of the bottle this still cider pours like a well extracted Chardonnay, with the addition of a distinctly green tint. Slate, graphite, toasted coconut, brown sugar, and stone fruits like white peach and under-ripe apricot all come together in the aromas. It is indeed a complex blend that leaps out of the glass. Structurally, the Albee Hill appears first lush, then comes the rush of both acidity and tannin around the edge. This is perfectly structured cider. Though said to be dry, there appears a note of sugar weight in evidence. What makes this cider most special however is the juicy fruit flavors that penetrate across the palate. Peach, persimmon, lychee, soft notes of lime all combine for a flowering of elegant flavors that intertwine in complex and very pleasurable ways. This is great cider that ought to convince any doubter that American hard cider can, in the right hands, rise up the rungs of quality where it will meet up with the finest wines and finest ciders of England and Europe. Finally, this cider retails for $11.99. Put another way, one of the finest ciders produced in America cost less than the most average wines you can buy, yet surpasses those wines by many lengths. At three times the price, this cider would be a bargain.
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