If you’re not familiar with Oregon’s Sauvie Island, you’re not alone. The Columbia River’s largest island is located at the junction of the mighty state-bordering river, the Willamette River and the Multnomah Channel, just 10 miles outside of Portland and just off the radar. One-part wildlife refuge, one-part rural farmland, the latter half is home to the Lovejoy family, their Pivot Farm and their newly launched Peak Light Cider. The former educators-turned-farmers grow 65 different apple varieties on 10 acres, farming sustainably, organically and biodynamically on the property named for Jen and Travis Lovejoy’s change of life plans.
Like all of the four ciders in this pivot called Peak Light, the Field Run Dry is beautifully — and aptly — packaged, with a label reminiscent of sunset (or sunrise) and text listing not only the estate-grown varieties featured (Kingston Black, Ashmead’s Kernel, Bramley Seedling, Cornish Gilliflower) but the characteristics the individual apples offer to the cider. A stream of light straw pours from the bottle, with sparkling clarity and a waft of farm funk which settles in and focuses on tart green apple aromas. Sharp, dry (without any residual sugar) and lightly effervescent, acid crackles around earthy, farm-y flavors while mild tannin grips more green apple and sherry-like undertones in the finish.