Saturday, March 22, 2008

Billsboro Cabernet Franc 2006

Billsboro Cabernet Franc 2006

This was the lightest of the Cabernet Francs I recently tasted of the 2005-2006 Finger Lakes red vintages. But that doesn’t mean lesser. While many winemakers choose to cold soak and go the route of long macerations, Billsboro maked a conscious decision to make a more medium bodied, lighter Cabernet Franc. He made the wine in small, 1 ton bins, with a 1-week maceration, and lightly oaked it in new American oak. The result is a nose filled with strawberry and other fun berry fruits. The taste up front is a little more forward fruit than most, but a pleasing, drinkable wine with nice, dry finish.

Vinny Aliperti is Billsboro's winemaker. He had previously worked at Wolffer. Vinny chose the winery's 2006 vintage because it was his first. And a very nice time around it was. Vinny's suggestion for an accompanying food would be a grilled portobello mushsroom sandwich and other grilled veggies. This suggestion made everyone hungry for the rest of the tasting.

The Cab Franc is 83% Cabernet Franc and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon. They made about 175 cases and it sells for $18.95.

I've written about Vinny before. I am a big fan. Billsboro Winery is home to 26 acres of rolling hills, vineyards and forest. In August of 2007, local winemaker Vincent Aliperti and his wife Kim took over ownership, keeping the Billsboro name. Together with their three children they plan to continue the vision of a small family-run farm winery.

Vinny is an accomplished winemaker. In addition to making wines for Billsboro, Vincent is also head winemaker for Atwater Estate Vineyards in Burdett, NY.

Billsboro Winery is conveniently located along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, just 5 miles south of Geneva, NY at 4760 West Lake Road, also known as Route 14. Look for our sign on the west side, between Armstrong and Reed Roads.

Vinny's crisp, clean, food-friendly style of winemaking has earned him praise and awards both locally and nationally, including several mentions in The Wine Spectator. He was the recipient of the 'Best North American Riesling' at the Grand Hyatt National Riesling Championship held in November 2006 in Australia. He looks forward to producing award wining wines under the Billsboro Label.

Kimberly Aliperti is the sales and Special Events Coordinator. She is very active member in the Geneva community.

This is a nice wine, that will go well for friends, and is one of those light red perfect all year round, but will be especially very summer friendly. A vey nice wine. For sure he'll sell out before the summer is gone. Great with grilled veggies, chicken, pork, pasta dishes, or some nice gourmet wood fired pizza.