2019 ALBEE HILL
Still, dry cider
$16 | 750 ml
Rosebuds, honey, dust.
Powerful and linear, this cider makes a substantial companion to pretty much anything that comes off the grill.
We recommend spiced and marinated kebabs with grilled flatbreads and herbed yogurt sauce.
The Story of Albee Hill 2019
About a million years ago, a vast sea of ice descended at an astonishing rate of 2-3' per day upon northeastern North America. As it traveled south, it encountered the higher elevations of of the northern Appalachian Mountains where it became obstructed and began to carve out the Finger Lakes. Some of the glacier continued to flow south through preglacial stream ways, carving them ever deeper and steeper. When the ice age ended and the glaciers receded, they left behind the rocky debris they had carried with them from the north in the bottoms of these carved valleys.
The little corner of this earth where our orchard sits is a glacially steepened valley—rocky hills overlooking the pristine Cayuta Creek Valley. The marks left by the glaciers are dominant features of the site: layers of exposed shale line cliff-like slopes rising from the gravely, cobble filled aquifer below. They serve as a constant reminder of the geological time scale that dwarfs us.
The idea behind this cider is the question: can you taste a place? Each year we harvest a field blend of apples grown on this rugged site, ferment them with their own native yeasts and bottle them simply—still and dry. In 2019, the powerful, linear structure of the Albee Hill cider reflects the layers upon layers of shale, through the cracks of which the trees are slowly trying to send their tough roots.
Autumn Stoscheck Cider Maker/ Orchardist
- Texture 50%: Ellis Bitter, Bulmer’s Norman, Stoke Red, Medaille d’Or, Stembridge Cluster, Bedan, Vilberrie, Brown Snout.
- Aromatics 50%: Golden Russet, Reinette Zabergau.
- Two field blends: one harvested in September, the other in October.
- Un-inoculated fermentation in stainless steel.
- 2 months on the lees in neutral barrels.
- Residual Sugar: 0% (1 g/l)
- Alc/Vol: 7%
- pH: 3.9
- Titratable Acidity: 4.3 g/l
- 165 cases bottled