Maker: Valverán Origin: Sariego, Asturias, Spain website: www.llagaresvalveran.com
Importer: Rowan Imports website: rowanimports.com
ABV: 10 % Bottle: 375 ml, cork
Style Notes: Inspired by Quebec, Canada’s Ice Ciders, this is Spain’s first Frost Cider.
Fruit: Apples. Regona, Raxao, and Durona de Tresali, from Valverán’s orchard, el Rebollar.
Makers Fruit Notes: Each bottle of “Valverán’s frost cider, 20 Manzanas, is made from the concentrated must of 20 apples. The apples are picked at the peak of maturity and macerated, after-which the effects of a natural frost are reproduced. The resulting must is fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged for 12 months in French oak casks.”
Tasting Notes: In The Glass: Deep golden amber, full, smooth, sweet smokey burnt caramel and baked apple. Notes of wood, sherry, toffee, and raisin, with hints Asturian apple acidity and “amargo”.
Our Pairings – The Tasting Lab: We tried with Valdeón, a Spanish mixed goat and cow milk blue cheese. Valdeón has a bold, spicy, white pepper minerality and made for an extremely delicious pairing.*
Cheesemonger’s Notes: Blue cheese and 20 Manazas is classic pairing.
Overall Impressions: A sipping cider, as an apéritif or for dessert. A cold season treat. Mixology options: when exploring Port and Sherry cocktails, 20 Manzanas would be an interesting Asturian twist.
*This cider was part of a Murray’s Cheese tasting class, This Cider House Rules: Paring Cider and Cheese, in January of 2013. Rowan Imports was on hand to discuss this cider and Asturian cider making practices
Note: Valveran’s Massaveu family have been making wine for more than 40 years, and began producing cider in 2010, producing unique ciders by combining methods of cider and wine production.
Apple images from www.sidradeasturias.es
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