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Black Willow Winery

Black Willow Winery
NV "Odin’s Nectar", New York State

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$17.95
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Black Willow Winery
NV "Odin’s Nectar", New York State

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
Luminous golden yellow color. Complex aromas of honeycomb, herb patch, mossy clay, and toasted almond with a soft, off-dry medium body and a vanilla milk and spicy dried pear accented finish. A pleasantly drinkable and nicely nuanced mead.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: honeycomb, herb patch, mossy clay, and toasted almond
Taste Flavor: vanilla milk and spicy dried pear
Sweetness Sweetness: Off-Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Tagine, Chicken Kebobs, Chevre
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A pleasantly drinkable and nicely nuanced mead.
The Producer

Black Willow Winery

The Producer
5565 W Lake Rd
Burt, NY 14028
USA
1 716-439-1982
Traditional Mead
Wine Glass Mead.jpg
Serve in a Goblet
Traditional meads should incorporate only honey as a fermentable ingredient, along with water and of course yeast. They can range in character from dry to semi-sweet to sweet, and may be sparkling or still. While not necessarily “traditional”, they may also be fortified and/or barrel-aged. Whether the honey used is a single varietal or a mixture, it is important for a successful traditional mead to evidence the floral nature of the honey; indeed, it should be the defining characteristic. Some acidity is often desired to balance sweetness, but this is not necessary. Lighter versions may be analogous to white wines of corresponding sweetness/dryness, but should present distinctly honeyed emphasis.
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