In a state full of rustic, relaxed wineries, Boxwood stands a little apart.
A big white electric fence marks the entrance, and an angles-and-circles theme plays out in rooms of stainless steel and glass.
Every item encountered is the best available, precisely placed: A laser guides the planting of the vines to perfect symmetry; the barrels in the wine cave, arranged in meticulous concentric circles; a gleaming, top-of-the-line bottling machine, waiting to be called upon to demonstrate its 1,500 bottles-per-hour capacity.
The vineyards were meticulously (and technologically) planned, with weather-recording stations installed two years before planting, a custom-designed GPS monitoring system to record the care of the vines each year, and an internal pumping system to move the wine through stainless steel pipes into oak barrels, cut from French forests.
The winery produces only reds and a dry Rose. When we visited, three wines were on offer: Boxwood, a "left bank" Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Petit Verdot; Topiary, a "right bank" Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Malbec; and a Rose. All were quite good.
Though the infrastructure to produce these wines clearly cost a pretty penny, the winery says it plans to offer no more than 5,000 cases each year. Wines are priced surprisingly reasonably, given all the expense that clearly goes into their making.
The winery is owned by John Kent Cooke, a familiar name to DC-area residents for the Redskins dynasty that his family owned for many years, and was designed by Hugh Newell Jacobsen, a D.C.-based Modernist architect well known for his pavilion-style themes.
At Boxwood, nothing mars the perfection. Better than a yoga class, you leave much calmer than when you arrive.
Boxwood (and other) wines are also available at Boxwood's popular Tasting Room Wine Bars, located in DC, Reston Town Center, Chevy Chase, and National Harbor.
Reservations required for groups of 10 or more.
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