Bardos Cider 2019 Winter Walker Cider
Partly gleaned Red Rome varietals from the derelict Grand View orchard in Sebastapol, and drawing upon our relationship with the historic fourth-generation family orchard, Walker Apples, the late-varietal 2019 blend is a mixture of apples that are higher in tannins and sugars and more traditional to a classic cider profile.
Winesap, York Imperial, Empire, Ben Davis, Winter Banana, and some unknowns, from Walker Apples, some trees are over 100 years old, were all dry-farmed with minimal intervention, as were the Red Romes from Grand View. After pressing, the pomace was macerated in December in Fulton California at Old World Winery for two weeks on their skins. The cider was then pressed, fermented on native yeast, and aged in a non-climate controlled cellar until bottling, with Darek Trowbridge and other friends, in September 2020.
The longer aging resulted in a cleaner Cuvee with dynamic perfume, fruit-forward, apricot, and pear notes on the notes but unmistakably high in acid, tannins, and farmhouse funk.