2017 Cabernet-Syrah

2017 Cabernet-Syrah
2017 Cabernet-Syrah

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. 

This unique blend (45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Syrah) projects a fragrant stewed plum and notes of cocoa.  Pair with braised short ribs and mushroom polenta.


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Production notes

Harvested from Sawmill Creek Vineyards on October 23rd (Syrah - 20.2 Brix) and October 31st (Cabernet Sauvignon - 22.2 Brix). Each lot was crushed and fermented separately (Syrah included 15% whole-clusters) in open-top bins with Syrah, ICV-GRE and D80 yeasts with daily punch downs. Pressed off on November 2nd and November 13th respectively, each lot was barrel aged separately in neutral oak barrels for 9 months, including American (45%), Hungarian (30%) and French (25%) and completed malolactic fermentation. On August 28th, the lots were racked and blended, rough filtered and bottled on September 7, 2018.

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VarietalCabernet Sauvignon & Syrah
Varietal Composition50% Cabernet Sauvignon
50% Syrah
AppellationFinger Lakes
VineyardSawmill Creek
Harvest Date10/31/2017
Acid5.9 g/l
PH 3.61
Residual Sugar0.05%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date09/07/2018
Cases Produced191

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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