The 2013 Kingston Black, produced from 100% Kingston Black apples grown on the cidery’s Albee Hill orchard, sports a light golden, perfectly clear demeanor. Don’t look for bubbles. This is still, wine-like cider. The initial aroma is an intriguing musty/oily note, combined with notes of slate, dried fig and citrus. As mentioned above, this cider is extremely wine like and could easily pass for a cold climate white wine varietal. The give away however, is its structure. Note only does the 2013 Kingston Black possess excellent and forceful acidity, but there is also a distinctive tannic effect that tends to smack the sides of the mouth—all making this cider far more sturdy than most white wines. The flavors recall the aroma, particularly with its lemony and mineral flavors. Apricot too makes an appearance on the back-end, given the cider just the slightest hint of something sweet, despite it surely being nearly completely dry. The 2013 may be the cider most demanding of a food pairing that I’ve ever tasted. It is built to accompany a cream sauce. The fact that it is made from 100% Kingston Black apples is unique enough. But the cider’s austere nature, notably interesting nose and its wine-like character make it doubly interesting.
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