For me, the 2012 Dry Riesling from Billsboro Winery is one of the classic wines of my life. I don’t remember the first time I drank it, and I don’t remember the exact reason why. Maybe it’s because it was the first time that I really started collecting Finger Lakes wine. Maybe it’s because I had just moved to Michigan and tasting this wine reminded me of home. Maybe it’s because it was released in the summer when my husband and I were newly engaged and exploring the Finger Lakes together. Maybe its because 2012 was an incredible year for wine; an early, warm spring, a sudden cold snap in April, and a hot, dry summer led to fantastic wine.
Or maybe it’s because it’s the tastiness, most deliciously awesome wine.
I’ve spoken about Billsboro Winery before. They are one of my all-time favorites, and were one of the first places where I learned that incredible wine could be found in my own backyard. Billsboro Winery is located on the west side of Seneca Lake in a historic barn, and has a secondary tasting room at Rose Hill Manor on the northeast side of the lake. It was opened in 2007 by Vinny and Kim Aliperti, and they’ve focused on making dry red and white wines. Everything is delicious. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. EVERYTHING IS DELICIOUS.
Without sounding too nostalgic (or hoity-toity), the 2012 Dry Riesling smells like a good memory. This is what my brain defines as Riesling. When my mom brought one up from the basement for us all to taste, my heart leapt with joy and fear- what if it wasn’t as good as I remembered? What if my tastes had changed?
Well, rest easy, fair reader. It lived up to the hype in my brain and was delicious.
See: Green yellow with a highly reflective surface
Smell: Lime curd, tangerine, slate, and minerality
Sip: The citrus continues on the palate, with a bright clean acidity and a smooth medium mouthfeel. This wine used to be a lot more acidic, so acidic that other people didn’t like it. But it has definitely calmed down- still bright and acidic, but not overly so.
Winery: Billsboro Winery
Region/Sub-Region: Finger Lakes/Seneca Lake
Varietal: 100% Riesling