2015 Barrel Fermented Dry Riesling

2015 Barrel Fermented Dry Riesling
2015 Barrel Fermented Dry Riesling

2015 started off with a major chill across the Finger Lakes, shattering the record for the coldest February in central NY.    Fortunately for us, Sawmill Creek Vineyards saw only minimal damage, even in tender varieties like Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.  Following a cool Spring,  May through July were humid and featured many torrential downpours. Mercifully the weather dried out in September and provided above average temperatures, which allowed the grapes to ripen and maintain excellent integrity. October also saw below average rainfall thus allowing late ripening varieties the opportunity to mature unencumbered by disease pressure.  Bottom line:  after a dubious start, the 2015 harvest was among the most cooperative in recent years.  

This special release Riesling is 100% barrel fermented and aged for 8 months in neutral French oak barrels, giving this wine a weighty mouthfeel and roundness on the palate.  Subtle citrus and slate flavors abound.

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AppellationFinger Lakes
VineyardLeidenfrost Vineyards
Harvest Date10/07/2015
Acid9.15 g/l
Residual Sugar0.3%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date05/10/2016
Cases Produced143

Leidenfrost Vineyards in Hector, NY is located along the southeast corner of Seneca Lake. The steep-sided southwest facing vineyards are an ideal microclimate to grow premium wine grapes. We thank John and his crew for their dedication to wine growing!

Vinny Aliperti started his wine journey making wine as a teenager with his relatives, never considering it would one day become his profession. After graduating college with a liberal arts degree and a stint in the Peace Corps, an opportunity to pursue commercial winemaking on his native Long Island was presented and he never looked back. From 1997 through 1999, Vinny apprenticed under winemaker Roman Roth at Wolffer Estate, producing mostly Chardonnay and Merlot at its state-of -the -art facility.

In early 2000, Vinny moved his family to the Finger Lakes to work at the legendary Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, where he was first exposed to Riesling production. In 2001, Vinny joined the startup Atwater Estate Vineyards, where he continues today heading up winemaking operations for over 15 varieties. Its 8000 case facility produces estate grown wines, including multiple Rieslings, Gewurztraminer, Blaufränkisch and Cabernet Franc.

With Atwater's blessing, Vinny and his wife, Kim, started their own label, Billsboro Winery, in Geneva, NY in 2007. Sourcing grapes from Sawmill Creek Vineyards on Seneca Lake, Billsboro specializes in producing small lots dry vinifera wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, Syrah, and Pinot Noir.

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