2018 Kashong White

2018 Kashong White
2018 Kashong White

The 2017 - 2018 winter was not particularly severe with most nights staying above zero and only minor amounts of bud mortality reported. April was quite cool which kept the buds tight but a warm May ushered in bud break and a new growing season. June was fairly typical but overall conditions through July were quite dry, in fact for a few weeks the region was under a low-level drought warming. August was very warm and humid with overnight lows way above average and on August 14th-15th the southeast corner of Seneca Lake received over 11 inches of rainfall, causing widespread damage. The wet weather continued straight through September and October with hardly a meaningful reprieve. The poor weather increased disease pressure dramatically, presenting challenges not seen in many years.

“Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” is a lot nicer with a glass of this 100% Vidal Blanc. A crisp and fruity wine with notes of grapefruit, our Kashong White is best enjoyed on the same Seneca Lake it’s grown on.


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Production notes

Harvested on October 16th at 20.8 Brix, the grapes were destemmed and pressed, the juice was cold settled, racked with no chaptalization and tank fermented with W15 yeast at 61F. Racked off its gross lees on December 10th, tank aged and stabilized. Pad and membrane filtered, bottled on April 2, 2019.

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VarietalVidal Blanc
Varietal Composition100% Vidal Blanc
AppellationFinger Lakes
VineyardAtwater Estate Vineyards
Harvest Date10/16/2018
Acid8.7 g/L
Residual Sugar.5%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date04/02/2019
Cases Produced172




Vidal Blanc
Planted 1982 and 2008
Lansing soil, gravel silt loam, 8%-15% slope
'Own Rooted' 

Atwater Vineyards in Burdett, NY is located along the southeast corner of Seneca Lake, in a stretch of sloping vineyards many refer to as the "banana belt" of the Finger Lakes. We thank Ted, Chaz, Bobby and Mike for their dedication and passion!


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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