The quintessential American apple, Winesap was grown in Virginia since colonial times. William Coxe in 1817 called it "one of our best cider fruits" and "much esteemed as a good eating apple. It produces a cider that is vinous, clear and strong." Its legendary flavor and dependable production has made it highly praised for generations.
Old Virginia Winesap is the second varietal from Albemarle CiderWorks and makes a notable contribution to our revival of traditional American ciders. It is spicy, floral and fruity, slightly tart with a lingering finish. It pairs well with white meats, fish, poultry and a wide variety of foods.
obguthr (3769) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Musty, slightly funky overripe apple aroma. Crystal clear pale yellow, no visible carbonation.Stingingly sour and considerably dry apple flavor. Fizzy. Not for me.
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a yellow color with almost no head. Dry tart cider flavor with a quick finish.
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The most unique of the Albemarle Ciderworks ciders. Tart and slightly sweet, more apple-y than their others, with a very slightly spiciness as of apple skins.
Drake (8442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Capped 750 mL bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a crystal clear vibrant light golden color. Thin white head that quickly fades. Aroma of earthy and tart apples. The taste is tart apples, earthy notes and then an even more tart finish. Medium bodied. Very tart overall, but still a good cider.
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