This unusual cider produced by Sonoma County’s Tilted Shed Ciderwords is made from local heirloom apples and sloe drupes, a small fruit relative of the plum often used to produce Sloe Gin. The cider begins with a golden/orange hue and is completely still. The nose throws distinctive spice and graphite notes and frankly one might not identify this as cider if tasting it triple blind. Very slight notes of dried apple and citrus accompany the mineral character. This is both dry and still cider and needs to be brought to near room temperature before it shines. On the palate the ripe apple flavor melds into interesting hints of kirsch, a sweet herbal note and more hints of sweet citrus that blink in and out. More acid than tannin driven, the Spinosa is among the more interesting ciders we’ve had. The Spinosa is part of Tilted Shed’s “Rare and Unusual Cider Series”. Only 22 cases were produced.
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