Disappointed at having to miss the visit to Boxwood Winery at TasteCamp, I feared that any attempts at making an appointment would prove futile. Thankfully, a few of my fellow bloggers gave me the heads up that they were opening to the public and abandoning the machine run tasting room in Middleburg that I have refused to visit. Finally the opportunity had presented itself and up the short, paved, and gated driveway I went. On the right side there were about 15 umbrella shaded tables with a dominantly young twenty something yuppy crowd. I parked around the backside of the Boxwood Winery building and walked through the crush pad on the way to the front door. As I approached the door, I was met at and asked to choose an open table for a tasting. Our pourer was a young, bubbly girl in her early twenties who was very charismatic, well mannered, and attentive. The tasting fee was $10 and it included a Boxwood souvenir glass as well as the 5 wine fleet. Kurt, from WineAboutVA, and Hagan, from WinesInACan, both suggested the Rose and Boxwood wines as being superior to most in the area.
The tasting started with a 2011 Rose ($14) that is a blend of 46% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 19% Malbec. The color is almost a light tangerine and pink blend that hits with slight aromas of strawberry, hints of herbs, and anise. The flavors were mostly light strawberry notes mixed with a touch of minerality and a traditionally dry finish. The price point is excellent and the wine is decent as well. The 2010 Boxwood Estate Trellis ($18) was next and is a blend of 68% Merlot, 18% Malbec, and 14% Petite Verdot. Huge nose of black cherry and light spice outlined this medium bodied supple tannin variety. The flavors just continued onto more of the same with very subtle jammy notes bursting with black cherry and spice on the palate.
One of my favorite reds of the tasting came next, in the form of the 2010 Topiary ($25). The Topiary for the 2010 vintage is still young but more fruit forward than the 2009. The 2010 is a blend of 61% Cabernet Franc and 39% Merlot. Whereas, the 2009 is a blend of 64% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot, and 1% Malbec. The 2010 offered aromas of dark fruit, pepper, and oak while giving way to a lush dark fruit on the palate and with a subtle pepper flavor. The 2010 has a nice round structure and finishes with light notes of tobacco. The 2009 Topiary ($18) has a nose of dark fruit, a little cherry, and a little cassis. The flavors were less fruit forward and exhibited more herb and spice on the palate, finishing with a touch of dark fruit and much more dry than the 2010. The last wine of the tasting was the 2010 Boxwood ($25) which is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, and 7% Petite Verdot. This wine is also still very young and carries big tannins, intense flavors of blackberry and black cherry with a surprisingly dry finish (for such a fruit forward wine). A couple more years in the bottle or a few hours in a decanter would go a long way towards opening up this wine. I ended up picking up a bottle of the 2010 Topiary and 2011 Rose after all was said and done.
Overall, I was very pleased with my experience at Boxwood, though the crowd made it more of a fly-by than a relaxing visit. Next time, I’ll have to plan to go on a Sunday. From the staff to the atmosphere to the wine, Boxwood is well worth a trip if you are in the Middleburg area. If you end up there, be sure to let them know that you read about them on Virginia Pour House Wine Blog.
Overall Rating: 3.25/5 Corks
2042 Burrland Road
Middleburg, VA 20117