Back in May, I had the opportunity to attend my first ever TasteCamp in Northern Virginia. In typical fashion, I’m months behind in my postings (although I have a good excuse in my 5 month historic home renovation). One of the many highlights during the 3-day event included the grand tasting at Boxwood Winery and the fabulous 2007 Boxwood.
Situated on a picturesque estate in Middleburg, Virginia, Boxwood Winery is the vision of Rita and John Kent Cooke (the former Washington Redskins owner and president). The 19 acre sustainable vineyard is planted to the five Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
A blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, and 16% Petit Verdot, the 2007 Boxwood is stylistically a Left Bank Bordeaux. As the nose opens, blackberry, blueberry and cedar box aromas mingle with notes of chocolate and cassis. On the palate, well structured and sumptuous, with a long, complex finish. A wine well deserving of the 88 point score from Wine Spectator.