Just in time for fall, Wölffer Estate Vineyard is rounding out its sparkling hard cider portfolio with the introduction of No. 139 Red Cider.
The Sagaponack winery previously released two varietals of sparkling hard cider — Wölffer’s No. 139 White and Rosé Cider — five years ago. The new No. 139 Red Cider is described as a vibrant, food-friendly sparkling cider made from New York State dessert apples grown and handpicked at the DeFisher Fruit Farm in Rochester.
“There is a movement toward elegant, light reds,” said winemaker Roman Roth. “The red cider is in the vein. It is for people who want to drink something red, but it’s not sweet or dry. It is balanced. It is a lovely addition to our cider program.”
Roth sourced a number of apple varieties— Idared, Northern Spy, Jonagold, Mustu, Law Rome and Golden Delicious— for No. 139 Red Cider. Each is known for crisp, sweet and aromatic flavor profiles that give the cider cherry red color and balance between the fine tannins and elegant, bright fruit, according to the winery.
The cider is best served chilled and can be paired with anything from Mexican to Asian cuisines, a cheese plate or even s’mores by the campfire, according to the winery.
“It is quite versatile,” Roth said.
As the story goes, Roth would make siblings Marc and Joey Wölffer sparkling apple “wine” from the few apple trees on the property to drink when they were growing up. When Marc and Joey took over the vineyard in 2013, they wanted to produce a cider that paid homage to their upbringing and No. 139 cider was born. (The number 139 is the address of the vineyard).
The sparkling cider comes packaged in 355ML bottles housed in colorful four-pack carriers decorated with collages. It can also be purchased at wolffer.com and is available at select Whole Foods + Fairway retailers.