Arratzain Sagardo Naturala, 750ml

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A funky, rustic still cider from the mountainous Basque Region of northern Spain. Certified organic farming, something not very common in the rural areas of this region. Tart, yeasty flavors with notes of green olives. Drink chilled and aerated will to release the full bouquet. 

From the mouth of the importer (Jose Pastor):

"Sagardo Naturala is made from 20-30 different native Basque apple varieties: 60% for acid, 30% for bitterness, and 10% for sweetness and all certified organic estate trees. The pneumatic pressed juice is fermented with wild yeast in stainless steel tanks, then raised in traditional kupelas (large wooden foudres) over the winter. They bottle at the inn with minimal SO2 and no filtration to emphasize the lively apple purity.

Located in the Usurbil mountains above San Sebastian, the Arratzain inn has been home to cider production for nearly 500 years. In 2000, the Lizaso family purchased the inn & sidreria and the adjacent 3 hectares of orchards, and received organic certification in 2010. They produce natural sidra (Sagardo Naturala in Basque) in the cellar of their inn. They work only with native Basque apple varieties, and all of the tree plantings are carried out by what would be the equivalent of massale selection in the wine world. Usurbil, Gipuzkoa is only 6km from the great Basque city of San Sebastian, and is home to many cider houses."

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