AB Ciders

2013 Ciders & Wine
(Notes as of April 2014. Profiles expected to change w/ age)

*Ciders w/ higher effervescence should be stored and served cold

  • 2013 Golden Russet Cider                                          64 cases made,  8.0% abv , 750 ml

Specs (aka “the objective”): Sharp, dry, mild to *high effervescence.  Honey color, clouds of heavy yeast and mineral solids
Notes (aka “the subjective”): Classic cider aroma. Colorful with strawberry-rhubarb, floral, and creamy vanilla notes. Faint hazelnut tannin and slate chalk toward rear.
Source: 100% Golden Russet apples from the Hudson Valley and Sullivan County.

  • 2013 Homestead Cider: Mamakating Hollow          96 cases made,  7.6% abv , 500 ml

Specs: Sharp, dry, honey color, hazy, some solids, mild to *high effervescence.
Notes: Bright tart cherry forward. Bitters midway w/ coconut/ oak notes pierce outside while blueberry sneaks up the middle.  High tannin, expected to age well.
Source: Unsprayed wild and abandoned apples from various Wurtsboro area locations

  • 2013 Homestead Cider: Shawangunk Ridge         75 cases made,  7.6% abv , 500 ml

Specs: Sharp, semi-dry/dry, amber color, hazy, some solids, mild to *high effervescence.
Notes: Tart apple intro, notes of birch wood and melon, becomes more minerally. Finishes black cherry.
Source: Unsprayed wild apples from various Bloomingburg/ Otisville area homesteads

  • 2013 Homestead Cider: Neversink Highlands         80 cases made,  7.6% abv , 500 ml

Specs: Sharp, dry, honey color, cloudy, some solids, mild to *high effervescence.
Notes: Crisp and tart beginning adds tropical and farm peripheral notes.  Ends with mature woodiness.  Should age well.
Source: Unsprayed wild and abandoned apples and crab apples from various east Sullivan County locations.

  • 2013 Homestead Elderberry Apple                           98 cases made,  7.2% abv , 750 ml

Specs: Tannic, dry, rich and sharp.  Bright red hue, with very slight carbonation.
Notes: Woody/ forest aromas balanced by sharp florals. Chalky, mineral bitters and apples.
Source: 10% elderberry foraged from Wurtsboro woodlands, 90% unsprayed west Sullivan County apples (Liberty and Spy)

  • 2013 Ginger Apple                                               104+ cases made,  6.6% abv , 750 ml

Specs: Spicy/ tart.  Cloudy, some solids.  Light, dry, medium carbonation
Notes: Champagne-like with tingling flower & pepper esters.  bright fruit acids with faint bitter ending. Unusual: ginger not followed by sweetness.
Source: Orange County (NY) apples fermented in contact with Chinatown ginger and carrot.

  • 2013 Appinette (formerly Traminette Cider)        93+ cases made,  8.4% abv , 750 ml

Specs: Dry, floral aroma, light amber color, medium carbonation, cloudy.
Notes: Grapefruit + rose peddle nose, sustained /suspended in mouth by soft bitter end.  Champagne-like.
Source: 30% Finger Lake Traminette grape, 70% Orange County (NY) apples 70% (Idared, russets and Spy)

 

2012 Ciders & Wine

Note: 2012 ciders are now sold out.  Please check with Retailers and Rowan Imports for remaining stock.

  • 2012 Homestead Apple                                            30 cases made,  7.6% abv , 500 ml

Specs (aka “the objective”):  Sharp, dry, rich color, unfiltered, lightly carbonated
Notes (aka “the subjective”): Round, viscous, tart, bright and kaleidoscopic: woody, fruity, farmy.
Source: Unsprayed wild and abandoned apples from various Wurtsboro homesteads
(POI: Still the only licensed cider in the U.S. made from wild, foraged, non-commercial apples)

  • 2012 Homestead Pear                                               60 cases made,  7.2% abv , 750 ml

Specs:  Off-Dry, soft tannins, very light acids.  Fair color, lightly carbonated
Notes: Funky start settles to a delicate prolonged finish.  Like the perry pear itself, sophisticated yet farmy.
Source: Unsprayed wild and abandoned pears from various Wurtsboro homesteads
(POI: Our 2012 Homestead Pear marks the first and only licensed pear cider in the U.S. made from wild, foraged, true perry-pears)

  • 2012 Homestead Elderberry Cider                           40 cases made,  8.4% abv , 750 ml

Specs:  Tannic, dry, rich and cloudy.  Slightly tart, red hue, with light carbonation.
Notes: Woody/ forest aromas, tannin balanced by sharp apple echo.  Unsweetened elderberry= rare treasure
Source: 10% elderberry, 1% sumac berries, 4% huckleberry, 85% apples (all foraged from Wurtsboro woodlands)

  • 2012 Golden Russet                                                   90 cases made,  8.2% abv , 750 ml

Specs (objective): Sharp, effervescent, dry, clear
Notes (subjective): Classic cider aroma + body. Balance of malo-latic creaminess w/ sharp apple viscosity.
Source: Golden Russet apples from the Hudson Valley mixed with small portion of other late-season apples.

  • 2012 Ginger Apple Cider                                              130 cases made,  6.6% abv , 750 ml

Specs: Spicy, mild fruit acids, with faint bitter ending.  Extra Dry and well carbonated
Notes: Champagne-like with tingling flower & pepper esters.  Unusual: ginger not followed by sweetness.
Source: Orange County (NY) apples fermented in contact with Chinatown ginger and carrot.

  • 2012 Traminette Cider                                           90 cases made,  8.4% abv , 750 ml

Specs: Dry, floral aroma, light amber color, full carbonation
Notes: Grapefruit + rose peddle nose, sustained /suspended in mouth, soft bitter end.  Champagne-like.
Source: Finger Lake Traminette grape 30%, Orange County (NY) apples 70%

 

2011 Ciders   (Note: sold out.  Please check w/ retailers.)

  • 2011 Homestead Apple Cider                                        28 cases made,  7.8% abv , 750 ml

Specs: Sharp and mildly tannic with a medium-full body. Dry and colorful.
Notes: A kaleidoscope of unusual flavors.  Some woody, some fruity, some farmy
Source: Unsprayed wild and abandoned apples from various Wurtsboro homesteads
(The first and only licensed cider made from wild, foraged, non-commercial apples!)

  • Bourbon Barrel Cider (2010-2011)                                 31 cases made,  7.6% abv , 500 ml

Specs: Dry and light bodied.  Full M/L conversion: buttery with imparted smoke and vanilla from barrel.
Notes: Drinks like a French-style white when still, less dry and w/ faint maple exhale when carbonated.
Source: Orange County (NY) Spy, Idared, Empire apples, home-tapped and boiled maple sap.

  • 2011 Ginger Apple Cider                                               83 cases made,  6.6% abv , 750 ml

Specs: Spicy and brisk with a faint tannic ending.  Dry and light bodied.
Notes: Champagne-like with tingling flower & pepper esters.  Unusual: ginger not followed by sweetness.
Source: Orange County (NY) apples fermented in contact with Chinatown ginger and carrot.

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