2017 Pinot Gris

2017 Pinot Gris
2017 Pinot Gris

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. 

Our Pinot Gris is The Cure for the weekday blues and will have you turning the volume all the way up for “Friday, I’m in Love”. Balanced and zesty citrus fruits, this wine is best enjoyed while kicking back. Pair with spicy fish tacos for a great dinner combination.

*88 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine


Sapore (15% discount): $12.75

Rotondo (20% discount): $12.00

Corposo (25% discount): $11.25

Production notes

Picked on September 25th at 19.2 Brix, pressed off after 4 hours of skin contact and chaptalized to 21.2 Brix. The juice was cold settled, racked and fermented at 59F in stainless steel with W15 yeast. Racked at dryness on December 15th, stabilized and aged in stainless over the winter. Filtered and bottled on March 13, 2018.

Download Wine Notes
VarietalPinot Gris
Varietal Composition100% Pinot Gris
AppellationFinger Lakes
VineyardSawmill Creek Vineyards
Harvest Date09/25/2017
Acid7.35 g/l
Residual Sugar0.3%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/13/2018
Cases Produced419




Pinot Gris - 'The Fred Block'
Clone 214
Lansing soil, gravel silt loam, 8% - 15% slope
Planted in 1993

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.


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.

Add to Cart
$15.00 / Bottle
Add to Cart
Subtotal: $0.00
Shopping Summary

There are currently
no items in your cart.

Shop Now


Buy 12 bottles and receive a 15% case discount.

Please wait while we process your order...