2017 Pinot Noir

2017 Pinot Noir
2017 Pinot Noir

The 2017 winter was the mildest 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. 

Bobby Darin claims that no one could love you "More," but clearly he hasn't tried our 2017 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.


Sapore (15% discount): $21.25

Rotondo (20% discount): $20.00

Corposo (25% discount): $18.75

Production notes

Hand-picked from both Sawmill Creek Vineyards on September 27th and Leidenfrost Vineyards on September 19th and 25th.  Each lot was crushed and fermented separately in open-top bins with W15, RA17 and RC212 yeasts with daily punch downs.  Pressed off on October 3rd, September 26th and October 4th respectively, each lot was barrel aged separately in neutral French oak barrels for 9 months and completed malolactic fermentation.  On August 7th, the lots were racked and blended in equal parts, rough filtered and bottled on August 23, 2018.

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VarietalPinot Noir
Varietal Composition100% Pinot Noir
50% Sawmill Creek Vineyards
50% Leidenfrost Vineyards
AppellationFinger Lakes
VineyardSawmill Creek
Harvest Date09/27/2017
Acid6.3 g/l
Residual Sugar.09
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/23/2018
Cases Produced325




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

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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