2016 Cabernet Sauvignon - Barrel Select

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon - Barrel Select
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon - Barrel Select

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.


Wild strawberry with subtle notes of bittersweet chocolate.


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Production notes

Machine harvested on October 19th at 22.6 Brix, the grapes were crushed and fermented in open-top bins with ICV-GRE (50%) and wild (50%) yeasts with daily punch downs. Pressed off the skins on October 31st, the wine was aged in neutral French (50%) and American oak (50%) for 21 months and completed malolactic fermentation. Racked and blended on August 21st, the wine was rough filtered and bottled on August 29th, 2018.

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VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition100% Cabernet Sauvignon
AppellationFinger Lakes
VineyardSawmill Creek Vineyards
Harvest Date10/19/2016
Acid6.0 g/l
Residual Sugar0.04%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/29/2018
Cases Produced88


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 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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