Wickson Crab and Gravenstein apples are harvested and pressed at the peak of ripeness then slow fermented, barrel aged and bottle conditioned to produce a bright, full bodied, aromatic cider rich in flavor.
Full bodied adn dry with rounded tannins, Bittersharp Cuvee incorporates heritage English cider varieties with local Gravenstein apples to yield a complex and well balanced blend with moderate acidity and bold flavor.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER! Gravenstein apples are hand-picked, pressed, slow fermented and aged in neutral red wine oak barrels. Not cutting any corners we bottle condition, rack, riddle and disgorge in the traditional champagne method. Notes of citrus and honeysuckle are lifted by an approachable effervescence. The unmistakable Gravenstein tartness is complemented by hints of melon and completes with dry finish.
The Gravenstein is a Danish apple first planted in Sonoma County, CA in 1811 by Russian fur trappers. They are difficult to grow, extremely delicate and easily perishable, making them particularly hard to come by. This apple has long been celebrated for its unique and exceptional taste, having a crisp and juicy texture and a flavor that is aromatic and full of old-fashioned, sweet, tart flavor.
Newtown Pippin apples are hand-picked, pressed, slow fermented and aged in neutral red wine oak barrels. Not cutting any corners we bottle condition, rack, riddle and disgorge in the traditional champagne method. Honeydew and fresh apple notes. A bright acidity underlies crisp apple flavor layered with hints of pineapple that finishes in a velvety mouthfeel.
The Newtown Pippin is one of the first apples grown in the U.S. The first Newtown Pippin was harvested in 1730 on a farm in Newtown, Long island from a tree that sprouted from a random apple seed, or “pip”, (hence the surname “pippin”) brought over from England, possibly as early as 1666. The flavor is tart, balanced between sweet and acidic, honeyed with notes of pineapple.
Roman Beauty apples are hand-picked, pressed, slow fermented and aged on Zinfandel grape skins. Not cutting any corners we bottle condition, rack, riddle and disgorge in the traditional champagne method. Floral and spiced apple pie notes. Red berry and honey highlight balanced tannins which open up to showcase a bouquet of sour cherry and blossoms.
The Rome apple, also known as Rome Beauty, originated from a tree planted on the banks of the Ohio River in Rome Township near Proctorville, Ohio in the early 19th century. It’s flesh is firm, crisp and juicy with a tangy pleasing flavor.
Zinfandel is a black skinned wine grape grown only in California. Production of this grape dates back to the mid 19th century, making it one of the oldest, if not the oldest California wine grape varieties. The taste of these grapes can range from red berry fruit flavors such as raspberry to blackberry, anise and pepper depending on the region from which they are grown.