Pouring golden with a yellow tinge and throw moderate foam and bubbles, the Semi-Dry from Snowdrift is a good-looking cider that has the look of a medium-aged Sauvignon blanc. Made with a bit of honey thrown in the mix, the nose does detect a note of that savory sweetness of honey, but stewed apples rule the roost still. You’ll find hints of orange zest too along with a note of rosemary. It’s a light to medium bodied cider that lives on the acidic, rather than the tannic side of the equation and the sweetness delivers a bit of weight. On the palate I think most will enjoy the deft hand used to manage the sweetness. It’s not overly sweet, but the sugar effect is with us. Fresh red apple flavors fall across the palate, notes of lime and, again, that savory/sweet character. This is a really lovely and nicely balanced. We finished off the remainder of the bottle post evaluation along side a double think pork chop that had been brined in sugar and salt and the pairing was perfect.
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