2016 Pinot Noir - Sawmill Creek Vineyards

2016 Pinot Noir - Sawmill Creek Vineyards
2016 Pinot Noir - Sawmill Creek Vineyards

After a couple of tough winters, 2016 was a welcome relief for area vineyards. Though we had a few abnormally cold nights, only minimal winter damage was incurred.  The spring was relatively dry and uneventful thus allowing bud break to proceed with little threat of frost damage.  As summer took hold so did drought conditions, from April to September the region saw only a fraction of its normal rainfall.  The dry weather and record breaking heat accelerated ripening which set the stage for a compact and hectic harvest schedule.  In the end, the yields were solid, the fruit was clean and concentrated and the harvest crew exhausted.


Bobby Darin claims that no one could love you "More," but clearly he hasn't tried our 2016 Pinot Noir. Maybe then we would have our first hit love song about a bottle of wine! With a wonderful nose and delicate fruit, pair this Pinot Noir with your grandmother's eggplant parmesan or a hearty pasta.


* 91 Points Wine Enthusiast 

VarietalPinot Noir
AppellationFinger Lakes
VineyardSawmill Creek
Harvest Date09/21/2016
Acid6.3 g/l
Residual Sugar0.1
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/22/2017
Cases Produced238

Sawmill Creek Vineyards in Hector, NY is located along the southeast corner of Seneca Lake. Its steep-sided, southwest facing vineyards are widely recognized as among the best in the Finger Lakes. We thank the Hazlitt family for their dedication to sustainable farming and passion for wine growing.

Pinot Noir - 'The Higgins Block'
Clones 115 and 777
Lansing soil, gravel silt loam, 15%-25% slope
Planted in 2005

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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