90% Sparkling Cider and 10% Apple Ice Wine from Quebec, Canada.
SRP of $18 and available for for as low as $12, but more typically in the $14-$15 range. Sample submitted for review. Imported by Boisset America.
From the bottle:
"100% McIntosh. Dosed with Neige Premiere Apple Ice Wine. 120g/L of sugar at harvest. 35g/L of residual sugar.
Subtle and elegant. Fresh apple and white flower.
Pure and persistent. Perfect balance between sugar and acidity. Hint of bitterness on the finish.
Aperitif. Desserts. 43F Serve Cold.
Today we have an interesting twist for fall...apple cider, which of course fits the season perfectly. This isn't just any apple cider however, but sparkling cider fortified with a bit of apple ice wine to give it some extra sweetness and alcohol. (And it's all apple -- about 2.5 pounds worth in each bottle!) In addition to being a great pick for the fall season, I would happily drink this year round for brunch. In that way it reminds me a bit of the Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato and not just because they are both sealed with a bottle cap.
The La Face Cachée De La Pomme Neige Bubble Sparkling Apple Wine begins with aromas of...apples! You'll also find some pleasant honeysuckle notes and maybe a hint of bread dough. The whole thing is faintly reminiscent of apple pie. The wine tastes nice and bubbly with semi-sweet apple and honey flavors predominating in the mouth. It's a good thing this wine is only 7.5% alcohol because it's really easy to drink. It ends fresh and clean with lingering tart apple notes. Excellent!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.