A blend of Jonathan, Yarlington Mill and Manchurian Crab apples—American heirloom varieties—this méthode ancestrale cider brings a touch of elegance to an inherently rustic style. Overtly floral on the nose, the whole garden comes to mind—sweet lily, briar rose and lilac aromas mix with freshly turned earth. The lightly sparkling palate is linear and focused, with pineapple rind and almond oil riding over additional earth-driven tones while peach-fuzz tannins carry to a dry finish. This is a promising new endeavor for cidermaker Kevin Zielinski.
Formerly working in the Finger Lakes wine region of upstate New York, Peartree's passion for terroir-expressive products, which spans from wine to cider and tea, is only rivaled by his love of canoeing and hiking. He prefers to focus on wines from Virginia, Michigan, Texas and other smaller U.S. regions, as well as domestic and international cider.