Oyster River Wine Growers is located in Warren, up in Maine's mid coast area. Establishing a winery in Maine was a gutsy move. Not many people have attempted it so there's no real established knowledge or road map of how to go about it. Never the less, Brian Smith and Allie Willenbrink decided to make the leap into wine making and vineyard ownership.
Brian got interested in wine making when he took a job at a winery in VT and was passionate enough to move to CA and study wine making at Fresno State. After graduating he and Allie moved to Maine and took up residence in an old farm house in Warren to raise a family. They've planted a few acres of vines (that they work with a horse and plow) but they haven't started producing in earnest yet and the fruit for their grape wines is bought in upstate NY. This cider however comes from locally grown apples that Brian meticulously selects to give him the right mix of acidity, sugar, and tannin.
The Hoboken Station is more of a wine like cider, more similar to the dry ciders of Normandy France and Asturias Spain than to the sweeter lower alcohol versions that are popular in the UK.
Aroma: Oyster River's cider has an elegant, delicate, perfumed kind of an aroma. There's soft white wild flowers, a bit of toast, and some golden raisiny smells. There's also just a whiff of honey; not in a sweet way, but like floral wild clover honey. It smells like spring fields and wild flowers in bloom. And hay!
Palate: Elegant, soft, and with just a hint of spritz to it. Oyster River's cider doesn't have too much fruit and it's certainly not sweet. What it is is very clean and refreshing! The appley fruit that it does have is pretty and relaxed, not too tart, although there is a bit of a cool lemon zest thing going on too.
This is a really hand made wine; Oyster Rive doesn't filter the cider, doesn't add any sulfites to it, and ferments it with the natural yeast on the skins. The Hoboken Cider has a golden and slightly cloudy color and it's about as real and honest a farm product as these things get. Overall it's a delicious and refreshing wine of a cider. At 9% alcohol and with no sulfur you can quaff jugs and still feel fine, or at least I can. Also, it's fantastic with grilled cheeses.
The Hoboken Station Cider is about $12 and available at so many places I'd need another paragraph. Most small wine shops should have it.