The 2011 Riverwood Jonagold from Traditions Ciderworks announces itself with a lovely light golden color and a good deal of initial suds that quickly calms itself into a steady small stream of bubbles. Effusive notes of sweet apple on the nose along with a bright banana aroma. The orange blossom aroma is also very nice. It’s medium bodied due in part to the residual sugar, but the acid lifts the body up too. The sparkle and acid balances the sugar wonderfully making it a very refreshing palate cleanser. Driving, fresh, moderately sweet apple flavors dominate this cider, made with 100% Jonagold apples—a cross between the Golden Delicious and the Jonathan varieties. The moderate tannins take over on the finish, which is moderately long. This is a very fresh and appealing cider that should be drunk now, rather than saved for aging. The Traditions Ciderworks brand is a second label to the better known 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Oregon. The Traditions label is used to highlight ciders from smaller orchardists and from the 2 Towns own Orchard.
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