AB Ciders

2013 Ciders & Wine
(TBD. We will announce varieties and quantities approximately April 2014)

2012 Ciders & Wine
(First disgorgement and release date:  June 2013)

Note: 2012 ciders are now sold out.  Please check with Retailers and Rowan Imports for remaining stock.
If you can not find our cider please buy from your (1) local, (2) small, and (3) organic cider producer.
Like Italian food to red wine, American cuisine evolved with cider on the table.

  • 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 Wine                            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 Wine                                          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 Wine                                              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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