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Reviews for 2020

September 2020 - Cider

September 2020 - Cider
This month's Wine feature is Cider Wines

Cider Reviews

Two K Farms  2019 Russet Heritage Cider
93 points
$14
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Herbal aromas of pecans, apricot, fresh mint, fennel, bee pollen, and aniseed with a lightly tannic, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, long tart green apple, ginger-spiced marmalade, hints of coconut, and tea finish. An enchanting and complex Cider that’s light on the palate while offering a lengthy finish; spicy, fruity, and satisfying.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Maison Hérout 2017 Grand Cuvée Extra-Brut French Cider
92 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pickled apples, golden kiwi, herb and cheese scone, and jasmine tea with honey with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-long finish displaying notes of dried apricot, ginger, toasted pine nuts, and bruleed citrus. A dry, appetizing French Cider with lovely balance and flavor integration.
Two K Farms  2019 Spitzenburg Heritage Cider
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of struck match, gooseberry, banana bread, osage orange, and avocado with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, light body and an even, medium-length finish revealing nuances of baked green apples and caramel-drizzled nuts. A funky, fruity single varietal cider for the table; pair with funky cheeses topped with fruit compotes. Sauvignon Blanc lovers need apply.
92 points $14 Best Buy
ACE  Guava Fruit Cider
91 points
$9
Best Buy
Sedimentary hazy steely orange color. Aromas and flavors of peach puree, mango, papaya, passion fruit, eucalyptus, and sour apple taffy with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, medium-long finish. A tropical, peachy-sweet Cider with an all-natural vibe; a fun summer refresher with a delicious balance of flavors.
91 points $9 Best Buy
Two K Farms  2019 Macoun Heritage Cider
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Interesting aromas of ground cherries, wild strawberries, Greek yogurt, and cola with a round, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long candied lemon peel and ginger tea finish. A round, wonderfully balanced single-variety Cider with great food affinity and a lengthy finish.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Maison Hérout 2018 Cuvée Tradition French Cider
90 points
Bright gold color. Aromas of fallen golden apple, fallen lemon, and earth with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a compelling, brisk dried peach, hay, and parchment finish. A table-ready French Cider for cheese pairings with lots of earthy nuance.
Kupela  Natural Basque Cider
90 points
$5
Best Buy
Hazy golden straw color. Aromas of lime kombucha, honey, labrusca grapes, and olives with a slightly chewy, tangy, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long fresh herbs and leather finish. A dry, all-natural Spanish Cidra with vivacious acidity and grippy tannin.
90 points $5 Best Buy
Two K Farms  2019 Kingston Black English Cider
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Spicy aromas and flavors of black licorice, sassafras and peppermint with a satiny, lively, effervescent, medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of shortbread and marmalade. A single-variety Cider that offers something completely different; explore the hot Kingston Black variety and enjoy this cider with unlimited pairing possibilities; light, bright, spicy and alluring.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Two K Farms  2018 Barrel Aged Specialty Cider
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Vinous aromas and flavors of golden delicious apples, pineapple upside down cake, roasted peaches, and buttered popcorn with a satiny, lively, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows accents of pumpkin loaf finish. A barrel-aged Cider for Chardonnay lovers; toasty, autumnal and balanced.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Two K Farms  New World Common Cider
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of Cheerios in cream, green apple, pressed flowers, and ripe melon with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry light body and a polished, brisk finish evoking notes of sour peach. A bright and refreshing Cider for the warmer months.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Two K Farms  2019 Rosé Cider
85 points
$14
Steely pink color. Aromas of pink lady apple, strawberry thumbprint cookies, and honey nut Cheerios with a satiny, tangy, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, brisk green apples and sweet tart candies finish. A light, bright and refreshing Rose Cider.
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery  Organic English Cider
84 points
$4
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of citrus kombucha, cherry wood, and dill pickle with a supple, soft, petillant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, rapid black tea finish. A lovely English Cider quaffer.
84 points $4 Best Buy
Rekorderlig  Strawberry-Lime Hard Fruit Cider
83 points
$9
Bright pink coral color. Aroma of strawberry syrup with a bright, spritzy, very sweet medium body and a tingling, snappy watermelon slushie finish. A sweet, syrupy Fruit Cider in a fun hue; serve ice cold.
Two K Farms  Old World Heritage Cider
80 points
$14
Pale straw color. Aromas of fresh linen, marshmallow, and roasted potato with a lightly tannic, shrill, spritzy, light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-long underripe fruit finish. A grippy, somewhat bitter Cider with funky aromas; a new one for the curious Cider drinker.
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