Not your typical cider…
Name: Barkaiztegi Sidra Natural
Region/Country: Basque Country, Spain
Grape Varietal(s): Apple varieties!
Consumed: Atelier Restaurant in Ottawa
Recommended By: The restaurant sommelier, Gabriel
Bottle Presentation: Plain, simple label
Appearance: Cloudy, a mix of pale green and pale yellow
Nose: Green apples, yeast/hops
Taste: Green apples and lime, with a sharp, refreshing taste
Finish: Lime and yeast/hops
Overall Impression: Although technically not a wine, we decided to rate this cider, nonetheless… An interesting, intense, and refreshing offering unlike other ciders. One could describe it more as somewhere between a beer and an apple cider. It paired very well with a cucumber, potato, and radish salad marinated in a vanilla and chipotle vinaigrette.
Rating (from 70 to 100): 84/100