Richly golden in the glass, this naturally sparkling, bottle-conditioned cider is inviting on the nose—a mix of cinnamon and clove meet ripe Anjou pear and quince aromas. Fine, small bubbles mark the entrance of the dry palate, with apple skin and orchard blossom flavors showing nice concentration. Finely-grained tannins and balanced acidity offer support and lead the way to a lingering yellow pear-skin finish. This is a solid, well-balanced showing from this Finger Lakes producer which predominantly uses high-tannin and high-sugar Bittersweet apples for this bottling.
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.