Hiyu Floreal Cider
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When I went to gather info about Hiyu, I quickly realized I couldn't write more beautifully about this winery than they have.
"Twenty-two miles from Mount Hood’s snowy peak, in an alpine river valley teeming with birds and oscillating light, lives a wild farm. Cows, chickens, and pigs graze among vines and fungi and flowers proliferate as gardens merge with forest. Upon this valley, the omnipotent mountain routinely asserts her mercurial hand. Frigid gusts challenge temperate drafts and clouds compete with sunbeams. Storms swirl, rainbows propagate, and the volcanic soil eternally churns. Reading between these celestial and terrestrial signs, humans gently steer the land — co-creators of a startling alchemy."
I mean... you wanna drink wine from there, right? "Hiyu cultivates wildness..." they go on to say, and that's ever apparent in their sparse and beautiful wines and ciders. Their bottles are frozen moments in time, nature's memories preserved in liquid and housed in glass. Founders Nate Ready and China Tresemer have a litany of impressive skills. Nate was a sommelier at the world renowned French Laundry in Napa, and China, the estates agriculturist, is also an accomplished artist who creates all their labels. There isn't much of any one cuvée to be had, and we sold out of some before we even got them online. These make lovely gifts for the epicures in your life who are always seeking something ephemeral and special, or maybe that deserving adventurer is you?
This insane cider comes from a certified Biodynamic 50 acre orchard irrigated with glacier water and the final product is made from over 80 different cider varieties but also some heirloom dessert apples that were originally grown on the property (Ashmead Kernel, Wixon Crab, Hudson’s Golden Gem, Ribston and Cox’s Orange Pippin), pears and quince. Nate compares it to grower Champagne, and it boasts incredible balance and character.