This cider is derived from California's premier red-flesh plum orchards. We use a proprietary blend of 14 different varietals of red-flesh plums to create this truly unique cider. The fermentation and cider making process with plums is extremely complex and rife with a unique set of challenges.
At Mission-Trail we always use farmer's market quality fruit direct from the orchard. We then hand wash, hand sort, and cold-press the fruit. Being a stone fruit, great care is taken to ensure no plum pits are broken during the pressing of the fruit. This creates a lower juice yield, but a significantly higher quality juice without the woody-funk contamination of broken pits.
Without a forceful press, most fruits would lose much of the character locked into the skin, however, we have developed a proprietary method that allows the true flavor of the plum to be extracted from the skin without the need of a heavy press.