Review: A Cider To Substitute for Champagne
Finnriver Artisan Sparkling Cider — Methode Champenoise Brut
Finnriver Cidery in Washington State makes a bevy of different ciders and is considered among the leading craft cidrers in the country. Additionally, their goods are fairly well-distributed. This bottling is made in the style of Champagne and most American sparkling wine. Upon tasting it you’ll find it is an outstanding substitute for sparkling wine.
Source: Washington State
Fruit: Dessert Varieties
Price: $22.99 / 750ml.
RATING: * * * * of 5
This sparkling cider is the splitting image of champagne, perhaps with the exception of a lasting ring of foam that circles the class above the light golden and consistently bubbling liquid below. When you smell this, the first thing you’ll note is the yeastiness, that again will be familiar to those who drink sparkling wine. But behind the yeast is the tell-tale dry apple aromas that identifies this as cider. A floral note rounds out the aroma. If you want access to these aromas, as well as the following flavors, don’t serve this sparkler too cold. The palate is very elegant. The cider sparkles across the palate delivering a good dose of acidity. Then comes the citrus, tart and distinct. Then comes the long apple notes that are wonderfully persistent. In the end, the lemony character outlasts the apple. This is dry sparkling cider, so don’t expect anything like Martinelli. I like this cider very much and would happily serve it in place of Champagne for occasions, at a dinner party to start the meal or simply with a summer afternoon. Very well made cider.