Bardos Winter Walker CiderTabula Rasa
Winesap, York Imperial, Empire, Ben Davis, Winter Banana, and some unknowns, from Walker Apples, some trees are over 100 years old, were all dry-farmed with minimal intervention, as were the Red Romes from Grand View. After pressing, the pomace was macerated in December in Fulton California at Old World Winery for two weeks on their skins. The cider was then pressed, fermented on native yeast, and aged in a non-climate controlled cellar until bottling, with Darek Trowbridge and other friends, in September 2020. The longer aging resulted in a cleaner Cuvee with dynamic perfume, fruit-forward, apricot, and pear notes on the notes but unmistakably high in acid, tannins, and farmhouse funk.