From the website: “E.Z Orchards cidre consists of a blend of vintage French cidre apple varieties that we grow in our Willamette Valley orchards. Our fermentation method, like the traditional “Methode Champenoise”, enhances mature apple aroma, is low in acidity and finishes with a soft effervescence. Chill upright before serving. To enhance clarity, pour gently to reserve the lees sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Enjoy!“
- Appearance: Amber, Hazy
- Aroma: Cidery, Ccids
- Taste: Rich, Tannins, Cidery, Leather, Yeast
Background: E.Z. Orchards Willamette Valley Cidre is the culmination of 10 years effort to develop their orchard and refine their fermentation technique. Born in Salem in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, E.Z. Orchards grow a selection of French, English, and Early American Heritage apple varieties. They utilize the French process of making cider including Keeving and the Champagne Method. E.Z. Orchards makes only one type of Cider and this is it…
First Taste is: Delicious! Typical of the other French ciders I had, it pours a nice mouse that quickly subsides to just micro bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. There is a bit of an effervescent explosion when it hits your mouth and starts with gentle upfront sweetness then quickly moves to rich tannins and a clean acidic bite at the end. A really nice balance of tannins and acids highlight the cider apple flavour. I noticed a really pleasant residual fresh apple that shines through at the very end…
What’s in it? Apples – Contains NO SULFITES
Overall: Surprisingly very French, this is now easily one of my favourite North American ciders. If you are looking for an excellent example of an old-world cider and want something that is also local then look no further than E.Z. Orchards. Made from a blend of 85% French and 15% English & Heritage cider apples this gem from Oregon has a very traditional French taste with a nice North West twist. There’s luscious residual sweetness from the keeving process but without that dry-mouth feeling from overly tannic traditional cider apples. The English and Heritage varieties break it up a little and helps let the fresh apple taste shine through. Unfiltered, bottle conditioned, unpasteurized and with no sulfites, you really don’t get any more rustic yet polished than this in North America. Kudos to E.Z. Orchards for keeping the real cider faith alive!
Would I buy it again? YES! This is an awesome cider.
Rating: 9 out of 10
X-factor: I’m a real sucker for ciders that are made in the traditional ways…Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, Bottle Conditioned, Champagne Method, makes me a happy cider drinker!
Full Disclosure: I really wonder if anyone else in North America is making ciders like some of the ciders in the North West…Makes me want to get out there an drink more to find out!