Recipient of the Double Gold at the All Canadian Wine Championships!
West Avenue Northern Lights Cider 2015 ($50 for 375 mL, 10.8% abv, 95 points) — This Cognac barrel-aged ice cider is just about the greatest ice cider I have ever tasted. I do not know if it is available anymore or not, but buy the current vintage and cellar for a few years, and you will be equally enthralled. It’s extremely rare and made with frozen heritage apples, barrel fermented and aged. It pours a dark golden colour and has a heady nose of baked apples, brown sugar, caramel, baking spices and rich, mature aromas that swirl and intensify as you stick your nose in the glass. I poured this for friends and watched their faces light up as we sat on the back patio late at night and enjoyed with hand-made fruit tarts. They could not believe what they were drinking. It’s rich, hedonistic and lavish on the palate and tasted of warm and spicy apple pie and cinnamon that is honey sweet but nicely balanced and in a perfectly mature state. So decadent.