Disciple, 'Semi Precious'

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Vintage: NV

Varieties: 26 different varieties of cultivated and wild apples + European plums

Farming: Organic/Biodynamic, Low to No added SO2

Orchards: various mount hunger road orchards in Barnard, Bridgwater, and Pomfret, VT.

Semiprecious is a whisper of a sparkling beverage with a light zip on the finish. I like to imagine it’s what actors would drink on a hot summer set shooting a period drama. Thirst-quenching with a saline finish leaving one wanting more. Crisp but delicate, mineral, stone fruit, with a light umami finish.

Semiprecious is a pétillant naturel plum cider, a co-fermentation of apples and plums. The apples are both wild and cultivated (varieties include Liberty, Frequin Rouge, Old Pearmain, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Roxbury Russet, and Orlean), while the plums come from one very elderly, hardworking European tree from my Disciple home base atop Mount Hunger Road. The plums were harvested, pitted, and frozen in the late summer and added into cider in the spring. One month co-fermented and then bottled with fresh cider to create a very light bubble under cap.