Boxwood Winery was the first stop at TasteCamp.  I have to rave about their Rose.  For those that followed me last summer on my quest to find a Rose that WOWED me, I wish I had tasted this one.  I am not a big Rose fan, there is just something about Rose that doesn’t do it for me.  While I can’t pin-point it, I always keep an open mind and this Rose stopped me dead in my tracks.

Boxwood’s Rose is 46% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, 19% Malbec and all estate grown fruit.  It’s pale peach color has aromas of strawberry and thyme.  Your mouth fills with soft delicate flavors of strawberry with a hint of soft spice.  The wine is very well balanced and has a beautiful mouth feel.

Boxwood makes only 3 styles of wine.  Their Rose, Topiary and Boxwood.  The Topiary represents the St Emilion style of wine with Cabernet as the principal grape and is blended with Merlot and Malbec.   The Boxwood represents the Medoc style of wine with Cabernet Sauvignon the principal grape with Merlot and Petit Verdot blended in.

The site at Boxwoods is a national historic landmark.  It is one of the earliest established farms in the Middleburg, Virginia region of colonial America and Civil War history.  Originally a horse farm, it is now planted with16.5 acres of vines. The largest percentage of grapes plated is 36.9% Merlot, followed by 34.5% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.1% Petit Verdot and 2.5% Malbec.

Boxwood Winery is now open to the public Friday through Sunday 11am -6pm.  If you are visiting the area, I highly recommend a stop at Boxwood.