Gleaned with friends from a private, old orchard (with some more current plantings) on Occidental Road in Sebastopol, this cider was aged clean in stainless with no added yeast or sulphites. It is mainly older Jonathans with some recently planted Russets and other mid-varietal fall apples. Aged for only 6 weeks, the result is a very fruity, bubblegum-meet-fejoia nose and a dry mineral finish.
Harvested sporadically over the course of weeks throughout September, 2020. Bottled on November 20th, 2020, the day of ♀.
We create Bardos Cider in as natural a practice as we know possible.
Simply, we either, (a) glean our apples from derelict orchards in West Sonoma County or (b) work with local farmers who steward the old orchards of a bygone California—no more, no less. Focusing on older trees that are no longer cultivated, we have found that in their struggle, they bear fruit with more personality. Additionally, we add in wild seedling, Indian, or old-world apples whenever possible. The majority of the varietals and sports we work with have been developed by historic characters like Luther Burbank, Felix Gillet, Albert Etter, and others for the specific climate of Northern California.
During the winemaking process, we intervene as little as possible. We press the cider, sometimes leave it to macerate on its own skins and age it in neutral oak or steel. After bottling, we leave it to condition on its own naturally-occurring lees. The product is unfiltered and non-disgorged.
Our branding speaks to the diverse narratives present in the land and life that comprises the area in which we make the cider.
The fruit is grown on the unceded land of the Southern Pomo and Coastal Miwok and the wine is made with the utmost respect for the people of Graton Rancheria and acknowledgment of Elders, past, present, and emerging.