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Finnriver Artisan Sparkling Cider



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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
rafted using the traditional, labor-intensive méthode champenoise, this bright, naturally carbonated brut champagne-style cider offers an effervescent apple bouquet, tart elements of the orchard, and a crisp, clean finish. To make this cider, we learned old world methods of secondary fermentation in the bottle that require daily hand turning of each bottle on wooden riddling racks (constructed by our boat-building neighbor Pete), and then disgorging residual yeast sediment one bottle at a time. This is ’slow cider’ that results in golden clarity and enduring bubbles in every glass. A unqiue alternative to champagne that features Washington organic dessert apples at their most sparkling!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (8488) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2015
Bottle - Apple, tannin and some white grape. Clear light effervescent gold. Effervescent and a slight tannin with a dry finish. Great for a champagne replacement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8198) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle, shared at game night. Very very pale yellow, fine carbonation. Apple and yeast aroma. Apple flavour with a distinct champagne yeast character that defines the flavour and mouthfeel. Finish is very dry. I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (10075) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
Sampled at Finnriver, pours a clear greenish yellow with a small bubbly white head. Nose brings out apples, medium sweetness, and champagne yeast. Flavour is yeasty and apple-y, with exceedingly high carbonation. Like a champagne with more sweetness and apples. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (16658) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
Corked bottle at winery
Blond color with large bubbles. Fresh fruity aroma, similar to a Chardonnay but more delicate. The mouthfeel is very dry and a bit weak, less fruity and a bit winey, with mild acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goodbyeohio (36) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Light golden yellow pour with extreme fizz. Cork blew with an eruption suitable for a boat christening.. the foam covered the table and floor. Prost! Aroma was slightly barnyardy, earthy for sure, and tannic/dry. Taste followed suit with a fleshy tone and woody notes. The only thing missing is the booziness of champagne to make this perfectly balanced. I think age may hurt this one, but I look forward to having another bottle in 6 months.. for the sake of experimentation. Overall, a great cider drinking experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
750ml bottle. Big expectations with the $25 price tag. 8 twists on the cage (instead of the traditional 6). Pours with an incredible amount of CO2, very fizzy looking pale hued body with a violent fizzy head. Aromas are of CO2, sulfuric apple, moderate esters. Mostly bready, dry, mineral and sulfur. Some rich grassy notes. Flavors are highly carbonic and very acidic. The balance is weird to be perfectly honest. Medium tannin, huge acid, medium low sweetness and nearly 4+ vol of CO2. To be honest, for $25 and change this is not the award winning cider that I am expecting. Very fizzy, lots of acid, medium tannin, mild ester and a lot of sulfur. Decidedly off dry. Honestly disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6449) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Clear golden color with white foam. barnyard, sulfur, green apple, yellow apple dry aromas. light bodied with average co2. Dry, medium tart golden apple flavors with some barnyard earthyness, crisp clean finish--very tasty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (2198) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2010
UPDATED: APR 28, 2015 750 sampled 6/7/2010 Clear pour, sparkly head. You know how sometimes when you make baked apples with the wrong apples and they’re so starch-forward they smell more like baked potatoes than like apples? That’s this beer, at least in the aroma. The taste is a bit better, dry and tart like white wine, but missing that something special. Perhaps it needs oak? I tend to be pretty hard on ciders in the numerical rankings but even so this is not a cider that impressed me. 5/4/6/4/11=3.0

Revisit 4/28/15. Light pour with a burst of white bubbly foam that immediately dissipates. Strong green apple aroma. Extremely dry, tart flavors. Clean rather than complex. This one is alright but far from my favorite Finn River ciders. 6/4/6/3/13=3.2.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6818) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2014 750, corked and baled. Says Methode Champenoise on the label, says Methode Champenoise with the corking and the caging, and now says Methode Champenoise on my shirt a little because i didn’t listen when it was trying to tell me that it’s packed with carbonation. Opens with a burst, if not a bang. Plenty of that rushing tight champagne carbonation. including a little bit on this nice clean sweatshirt. Oh, well--nice way to send off the Huskies with their win tonight, final game at MacArthur Court in Eugene. Cheers, Dawgs. Anyway, back to the matter at hand, or more directly to the matter at hand, because this cider definitely gives off an air of the special occasion. Looks and behaves like champagne--big surging rapids of tiny bubbles, then a clean settle with a crystal clear bright gold body and tons of nucleation columns surging up. Looks like a tv commercial for sparkling cider. Nose opened with a dry lemony chardonnay note when the cork left, then settled to a tart green apple. Now has a very slightly musty, fully leafy note like apple trees in the sun. Crisp, light, refreshing body. Bountifully effervescent at every turn. This is definitely the kind of drink that will make girls giggle. Tart apple note on the mid palate, along with a light lemony dryness. Seems to be a bit of white grape skin in there, a bit of bite at the end. Feels airily dry at first on the finish but then leaves a bit of acidic tang. Great to see a place crop up from Chimacum. Dig this cider. Could easily see serving it at a party indoors or out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13660) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
Cloudy yellow. Fresh apple character. Candyish and tart simultaneously - fun cider. Finish is appley and clean. Interesting stuff - I will want to investigate more.

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