2018 Dry Riesling

2018 Dry Riesling
2018 Dry Riesling

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.

Substitute “Satisfaction” with our Dry Riesling the next time the Rolling Stones sing out “I can’t get no!” This bone dry wine bursts with peach and apricot. Try pairing with a seafood paella or Thai veggie curry over rice.

 

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Production notes

Harvested on October 10th at 17.8 Brix, the grapes were sorted, destemmed, pressed, cold settled, chaptalized to 21 Brix and tank fermented with VIN 13 yeast at 58F. After primary fermentation was complete, the wine was left in contact with its gross lees till April 22nd, for a total of 6 months of lees contact. The wine was filtered then bottled on June 25, 2019.

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Vintage2018
VarietalRiesling
Varietal Composition100% Riesling
AppellationFinger Lakes
VineyardSawmill Creek
Harvest Date10/10/2018
Acid9.7 g/l
PH2.92
Residual Sugar.08%
Alcohol12.50%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/25/2019
Cases Produced339

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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