Finger Lakes Wine of the Week:
2014 Billsboro Leidenfrost Vineyards Dry Riesling
By Nicholas Baldwin
Located in Geneva, toward the north end of Seneca Lake on the west side lies Billsboro Winery. Owners Kim and Vinny Aliperti makes some of the Finger Lakes’ finest wines including the 2014 Leidenfrost Vineyards Dry Riesling. Bottled just a few months ago after aging for eight months on the lees in neutral French oak barrels, this wine has a weighty feel on the palate and a rich overall balance in structure.
It has aromas of peach, ripe lemon and clementine. This Riesling has 0.6-percent residual sugar but a faint kiss of sweetness on the tip of the tongue like a lemon meringue pie. This is a beautifully constructed wine from the winemaking team at Billsboro and a prime example of the why the Finger Lakes is a premier region for Riesling. They only produced 95 cases of the 2014 Leidenfrost Vineyards Dry Riesling, so make plans to visit the winery and pick up a bottle or a few for yourself. This wine will age nicely over 8 to 12 years, so don’t be afraid to lay a few bottles down and see how they change over the next few years.
Nicholas Baldwin has worked in the wine and spirits business for more than 12 years and traveled the world visiting vineyards. He holds numerous wine certifications.
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