Wild Arc Farm 'Apples!' Sparkling Cider
Wild Arc Farm has a number of callery pear trees on the farm, and have always wanted to do something with the tiny, tart, tannin-packed fruits. They macerated a few buckets worth into this sparkling cider blend before racking it to a stainless steel tank, where it sat undisturbed for 4 months before canning. It was refermented in the can to add bubbles.
Varietals: Golden Russet | Ben Davis | Ida Red | Callery Pear
Fruit: apples from an IPM-farmed orchard in Ontario County, North Fork + Callery Pears from Todd’s own farm
Making of: a couple of buckets of pears were macerated in the cider, then racked into neutral French oak 500L puncheons and left undisturbed for 6 months before canning.
Personality: bright and fruity cider flavors mingled with a deeper spicy oomph of the pears.