Maker: Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery, St. John’s, Michigan, USA
Apples: Geneva, Redfield, Watermelon, Niedzwetzkyana, others.
Style: Dry rosé cider.
Price: $18/750 ml (I think)
Note: At the time of purchase, I received a complimentary bottle of Russet cider and of Uncle John’s Apple Brandy, plus a discount on this bottle and others I purchased.
Appearance: Medium pink with moderately large bubbles. Big champagne-like head at first, but it dissipates quickly.
Nose: Sandalwood, ginger, apple.
Palate: Dry and medium bodied. Slightly tart but grows as it warms. Cardamom, ginger, papaya, watermelon, pomegranate, Granny Smith apples.
Finish: Applewood, big chewy tannins.
Parting words: This is a true rosé cider made from red fleshed apples, not turned pink by the addition of grape juice or something else. It’s firmly in the dry, structured, style of Uncle John’s specialty ciders. More tart than Uncle John’s Russet, it’s closer to Melded but the acid isn’t so much citrus as it is tart apples and pomegranates.
It’s fine with food, but Cider Rosé may clash with acidic salad dressings or cabbagey vegetables.
Uncle John’s Cider Rosé is recommended.
My visit to Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery & Cider Mill is chronicled here.