WBC’11 Speed Blogging – Boxwood Estate Winery

Marguerite Barrett

2010 Boxwood Rose

Family owned winery – prior to launching the vineyard, the family owned the Washington Redskins.  Built a winery in Middleburg Virginia in 2005.

Area: northern Virgina – 50 miles west of Washington DC, and in between the Bull Run and Blue Ridge Mountains.

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot; winemaking method is a bordeaux style with 24-hour skin contact; 30% of the juice is bled from the reds and that’s how they make their roses.

Vineyard is small, 17 acres, sustainably farmed vineyard – dry-farmed (no irrigation); only grow the Bordeaux red varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec.   Produce two reds and two roses.

Nose is very subtle – no strong notes, but slight grassiness.

Palate: dry, crisp with light floral/fruity notes – hint of berries, and a touch of citrus on the finish.


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