2017 Cabernet Franc

2017 Cabernet Franc
2017 Cabernet Franc

Machine picked on October 27th at 22.8 Brix, the grapes were crushed and fermented with ICV-GRE yeast in open-top bins with daily punch downs. Pressed off the skins on November 8th and aged in neutral American oak barrels for 9 months and completed malolactic fermentation. Racked and blended on August 14th, rough filtered and bottled on September 5th, 2018.

You know that feeling you get when Amy Winehouse’s crooning voice comes on singing “Valerie?” We tried to bottle that feeling in our Cabernet Franc, a standout vintage with complex notes of ripe cherry, raspberry and spice, rounded out with a hint of vanilla on the palate. We recommend pairing this Bordeaux varietal with wood-fired pizza or a rich feta cheese and spinach ravioli.


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VarietalCabernet Franc
Varietal Composition100% Cabernet Franc
AppellationFinger Lakes
VineyardSawmill Creek Vineyards
Harvest Date10/27/2017
Acid5.5 g/l
Residual Sugar0.07%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date09/05/2018
Cases Produced281

Cabernet Franc - 'The Big Block'
Clone 332
Lansing soil, gravel silt loam, 8% - 15% slope
Planted in 1995

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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