The Txopinondo Sagarnoa Cidre is made in the French Basque country and imported to the U.S. by Casa Bruno in Portland. I mention this because you want to know about this cider so you can find it. If you didn’t check for sediment, you’ll note upon pouring the hefty dead yeast cells that were once settled in the bottle that are now floating in your glass. There’s nothing to fear. Just concentrate on the beautiful, hazy dark straw liquid in your glass. The aromas of the Sagarnoa is very fresh and bright, while still possessing a hint of Spanish tang. Sour apple, dandelion, fresh herbs and a slight cedar note all combine for a lovely aroma. This cidre is light weight, trades primarily on its acid structure and is dry. It’s the explosion of flavor in the mouth, however that is the real treat. This is juicy, richly layered exuberant cider that blends sweet mandarin orange and sweet lemon flavors, ripe apple, slight acetic notes and a distinctive kiwi character. A lot has been stuffed into this beautiful Basque cidre. To appreciate the balance and rich flavors, don’t chill down to much.
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