OAK FERMENTED MIXED CULTURE CIDER WITH WICKSON APPLES
The goal of this cider project was a dry, characterful, and fruity cider with a little acidity & funk. To accomplish this, we utilized a varietal of crab apples called Wickson, which has enough sweet sugars and flavor but with a proper balance of acidity. Kiyokawa Orchards in Hood River, OR provided the juice. The cider fermented in French oak wine barrels from Willamette Valley, using our house mixed culture yeast. The result is an intricately fruity cider smelling of ripe apple juice, dried apricots, sweet peach candy, custard, earthy wet hay, light baking spice, clementine orange, and lime zest. Chromatic is bone dry yet full of lingering fruity flavor and a refreshing acidity that lends to a crisp finish.