2020 Kentucky Ranch Cider
93% HeirloomCider Apples, 7%Alicante Bouschet, Kentucky Ranch Vineyard, Adelaida District
190 cases, bottled January 2021
Quite fruit-forward on the nose. The expected apple aromas are complemented by baked pear, banana chips, and a red-fruit element of very ripe wild strawberries. The palate veers back into decidedly cider territory, giving a musky, honeyed note, and some fermentation yeastiness. The bubbles are fine and tiny, accentuating the brisk acidity. One can imagine pairing with a spectrum of foods: Brie, apple-based pastries, and desserts, autumnal butternut, or pumpkin soups.
Thacher Winery’s first-ever attempt at cider production! Sourced entirely from some 200+ apple trees we have planted around our ranch, representing over 20 different heirloom apple varieties cultivated exclusively for cider-making. In addition to the cider apples, a small percentage of estate Alicante Bouschet (7%) was blended in to add a pinch of color. A true labor of love, we are excited about the future of this project and the addition of it to our by-the-glass offerings in the tasting room. The label was painted by local artist, Anne Laddon.