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Black Willow Winery

Black Willow Winery
Odin’s Nectar

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert Fish

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$17.95
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Black Willow Winery
Odin’s Nectar

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert Fish

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
Brilliant light gold color. Aromas and flavors of suede, dried fruits, caramelized nuts, and hint of soy with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, long wheat grass, minted apples and nectarine, and pepper finish. A very expressive dessert-style mead that drinks a bit like a Sherry.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: suede, dried fruits, caramelized nuts, and hint of soy
Taste Flavor: wheat grass, minted apples and nectarine, and pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Bacalao, Almond Cookies, Chevre
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very expressive dessert-style mead that drinks a bit like a Sherry.
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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