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Notes of pear and clementine. Bubbly.
Best served chilled from 42°-46°F.
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 winegrowing.
The 2019 growing season was technically a 'cooler year' with around 2400 growing degree days, just shy of the 2500 GDD average. Winter 2019 was fairly cold overall but without too many nights below zero, thus significant winter injury was not an issue. Spring was chilly but most importantly the cool temperatures prevailed late into the season which delayed bud break and bloom. Summer was quite nice, providing ample sunshine and moderate rainfall though not enough warmth in July and August to catch up. Once again as in years past, September came to the rescue by staying dry and warm with little rain and low humidity. This scenario allowed the grapes to hang on the vines a bit longer into the season which raised sugars and reduced the stubbornly high acid levels. Look to the 2019 wines to show vibrant freshness, excellent balance and mouthfeel.
A lot of people fall in love with the idea of becoming a winemaker —
and a honeymoon is probably one of the most typical moments to have such fantasies! But most of us don’t then come home and become successful winemakers. That’s the story of Vinny Aliperti, winemaker and owner of Billsboro Winery. He’s been making wine now for over 20 years. Together with his wife Kim, a long-time wine enthusiast and manager of operations, the two own and operate Billsboro Winery.
A century old barn is home to their main tasting room and sits on an idyllic 60 acres overlooking the northern end of Seneca Lake, in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Surrounded by century-old walnut trees, terraced fields and a deep wooded ravine, the property is a tranquil place to live and work.
Don’t let their laid-back, humble demeanor fool you, they are making serious wine— their dynamic approach has earned praise both locally and nationally.
Here at Billsboro we try our best to minimize our impact on the environment: from buying sustainably farmed grapes, sourcing our electricity from a local solar farm, to using compostable products at our events, we are conscious of our choices. With the understanding that as business and communities grow, the environment can suffer, we do our best to support organizations that are mindful of their environmental impact and those who actively work to mitigate these issues.
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