Hedgerow Cidery 2014 Blue Butterfly Artisan Semi Dry Cider

HedgerowBlueButterflyYou’ll find no fizz in this Oregon-bred still cider made from the 58 varieties of cider apples grown in the cidery’s orchard near Salem, Oregon. Reminiscent of a younger Sauterne or nicely aged chardonnay with its rich golden, clear visage. The nose is shy, but can’t deny a fresh apple character with notes of spice on the edge. It is medium bodied with its oily tannins and central acids. Again this is still cider, a regrettably unusual occurrence in American cider circles. While apple is the headliner on the palate, it’s a very modest performance. It shares the stage with lingering grapefruit flavors, underripe apricot and hints of herb. This is superbly balanced cider that will be dismissed by the majority of commercial cider drinkers. That’s good news. You want more for yourself and very little is made. This is the first effort from Hedgerow Cidery. We look forward to future vintages of this and other bottlings made from their orchards in Oregon.

Alcohol: 6.6%
Source: Hedgerow Cidery Orchard, Rickreall, Oregon
Fruit: French, English and American Cider Apples
Price: $20 / 750ml.
Rating: 4\ stars

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