2017 Kashong White

2017 Kashong White
2017 Kashong White

The 2017 winter was the most mild in the last four with no sub-zero temperatures reported in Geneva and a cool spring held back bud break (and potential frost damage) until May. These two factors combined to set the stage for a fruitful vintage. The GDD's (growing degree days) were close to average through June and July but dipped in August. Rainfall was above average right through the growing season which inevitably increased disease pressure and crop load. Thankfully, September and October were warmer and drier than average thus allowing the grapes more time to mature and develop flavor. 2017 pulled off the seldom seen scenario of high quality wine in a high yielding vintage. 

“Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” is a lot nicer with a glass of this 88% Vidal Blanc, 12% Riesling blend. A crisp and fruity wine with notes of grapefruit, our Kashong White is best enjoyed on the same Seneca Lake it’s grown on..

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VarietalVidal Blanc
Varietal Composition100% Vidal Blanc
AppellationFinger Lakes
VineyardAtwater Estate Vineyards
Harvest Date10/26/2017
Residual Sugar.8%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date05/24/2018
Cases Produced172

Vidal Blanc
Planted 1982 and 2008
Lansing soil, gravel silt loam, 8%-15% slope
'Own Rooted' 

Atwater Vineyards in Burdett, NY is located along the southeast corner of Seneca Lake, in a stretch of sloping vineyards many refer to as the "banana belt" of the Finger Lakes. We thank Ted, Chaz, Bobby and Mike for their dedication and passion!

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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