La Captive

Hard Apple Cider

Since apples were planted on Sonoma's Coast by Russian explorers in 1811, Sonoma's Sebastopol region has been world-famous for its perfect expression of the unique apple terroir. Born again in prominence, the apple is no longer the captive of Sonoma's wine world as winemakers are tempted by the forbidden fruits of nature to explore the titillating flavors of Sonoma apple cider. With a winemaker's pedigree and a Franco-American influence, Jean-Charles Boisset and Brian Maloney, winemaker at DeLoach Vineyards and Buena Vista Winery, united their winemaking know-how with curiosity for the apple terroir of Sonoma to create La Captive.

Tasting Notes

Lovely bright fruit aromas.


Forward flavors that leave you wanting another sip.

Vintage Notes: 

Made from 100% pressed Arkansas Blacks and Pippin apples, the fruit was fermented in cool, stainless steel with a mixture of yeast used to accentuate the natural perfume and delicacy of the cool climate orchards. A moderate sweetening, using juice from the orchards, provides balance to the bright acid of the Pippins and the tannic structure of the Arkansas Blacks. The result is an off-dry hard apple cider that is full of bright fruit forward flavors that leaves you wanting another sip.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Sebastopol
  • Varietal Composition:
    • 70% Arkansas Blacks
    • 30% Pippin Apples
  • Alcohol: 6.5%
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Corn-Studded Crab Cakes
Cheese & Nuts:
Medium cheeses. Goat cheese
Fruits & Vegetables:
Apple & Goat Cheese Walnut Salad