Pommeau

Oregon
United States
2 Towns Ciderhouse Pommeau, 2 Towns Ciderhouse
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Our Pommeau is made from locally grown traditional bittersweet cider apples which are hand-harvested and 'sweated' at cool temperatures. After the apples have sweetened, the fresh-pressed juice is fermented and aged with apple brandy made from our own cider. Our Pommeau is then matured in French oak barrels for one year. The result is a tremendously complex apple Pommeau that blossoms with aromas of fresh-pressed cider, dried fruit and wood. This bottle will improve with cellaring up to 20 years.

Profile

ABV: 
19.0%
Served at: 
50º F
Judges Review 
David Sapsis's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Pommeau by 2 Towns Ciderhouse was judged outside the BJCP cider guidelines, which don't recognize sweet dessert wines made from apples. Served in a small brandy snifter at 54oF/12oC. Deep golden color with haze. Completely still. Legs on glass looks viscous. 

The nose is redolent with sweet apple, pear and almond with a hint of cinnamon and cardamon mixing with a strong woody alcohol note of brandy/eau de vie fortification. This is really no cider at all -- the huge alcohol foundation belies any notion of that. A very lush, vinous and heavily sweet and fruity aroma with loads of alcohol just screams apple dessert wine, and a massive and sweet one at that.  

The flavor mimics the nose with a rush of overripe apple/pear sweetness up front mixing with strong ethanol and a lovely faint spicy-cinnamon angle heat. The late palate is woody, rich and faintly hot with alcohol without being lacquer-like, with complementing madeira-like nuttiness of almonds and stone fruit pit. The finish is very sweet and lush with lingering fresh bright but very ripe apples/pomme fruit. The acid matches the sweetness well, and the balance is..well, sweet and almost unbelievably long.  

Overall, if you want to try a new approach to dessert wine with strong apple notes, faint spice and enough sugar, acid, and ethanol to end virtually any meal, this works. I like it a lot, and am heading to my humidor for a puro. Salud!

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