2017 Sauvignon Blanc

2017 Sauvignon Blanc
2017 Sauvignon Blanc

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. 

There is something universally irresistible when it comes to singing along to "Africa" by Toto and drinking our Sauvignon Blanc. Doing both works wonders on the soul, especially at the same time. Add a recipe for broiled fish and Shiitake Red Rice Pilaf, and you're on your way to great night.


Sapore (15% discount): $15.30

Rotondo (20% discount): $14.40

Corposo (25% discount): $13.50

VarietalSauvignon Blanc
Varietal Composition100% Sauvignon Blanc
AppellationFinger Lakes
VineyardSawmill Creek Vineyards
Harvest Date09/14/2016
Residual Sugar0.2
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/28/2017
Cases Produced506

Sauvignon Blanc - 'The Old Vines Block'
Clones 1 and 7
Lansing soil, gravel silt loam, 15% - 25% slope
Planted 2003

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.

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