Full Review

St. Ambrose

St. Ambrose
2014 Oak Barrel Reserve Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Fish

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: 5%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24

St. Ambrose
2014 Oak Barrel Reserve Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Fish

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: 5%
Brilliant straw green color. Complex, woody aromas and flavors of thistle, grain husk, toasted herbs, and Asian spices with a supple, lively, dryish body and an interesting, medium-length mango tea, roasted chestnuts, cedar, and beach grass finish. A nice barrel influence mead.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: thistle, grain husk, toasted herbs, and Asian spices
Taste Flavor: mango tea, roasted chestnuts, cedar, and beach grass
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Swordfish, Chicken Kebobs, Chevre
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice barrel influence mead.

The Producer

St. Ambrose Cellars & Meadery

The Producer
971 S Pioneer Rd
Beulah, MI 49617
USA
1 231-882-4456

Traditional Mead

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.