2020 Sauvignon Gris

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2020 Sauvignon Gris
2020 Sauvignon Gris

88 Points, Wine Advocate

Tasting notes


First vintage offered to the public, picked late with Sauvignon Blanc. 

Estate grown, cold fermentation, aged in tank, unoaked.

Similar characteristics to 2020 Sauvignon Blanc but adds perfume and weight to the final blend.

* 100% Estate Grown Fruit from the Middleburg Virginia AVA

Production notes


Sauvignon Gris is a rarely grown variety in this country but is traditionally used in some white (essentially Sauvignon Blanc) Bordeaux blends...the source of our inspiration.  Here at Boxwood, it is grown in two different vineyard blocks, which are harvested and fermented separately.  2020 was fortunately our second consecutive high-quality vintage:  a warm, relatively dry, season providing another "bumper" crop with good, clean and tasty fruit.  A few storms near harvest time in late August-early September concerned us a bit, but they were short-lived and did not deter from a good year!

Sauvignon Gris was the first grape to be picked this year, beginning on September 4th, a full 12 days later than the first pick in 2019!  The fruit was delivered straight to the winery where it was chilled, sorted and whole cluster pressed directly to stainless-steel tankes for juice settling and fermentation.  To maintain the natural aromas of the grapes and preserve the variety's fresh flavors, the wine was fermented at a cool 57°F.  The wine was then aged on the lees to help build more body and richness into the mid-palate and to balance with the natural acidity of the wine.  

Other notes

Pairing with Food

Grilled and smoked seafoods are our favorite pairings, and we also love it with spicy Thai!

Past Pairings from Boxwood Special Events include:

  • Smoked Whitefish Salad on Crostini
Download Wine Notes
VarietalSauvignon Gris
Varietal Composition100% Sauvignon Gris // 100% Estate Grown Fruit
AppellationMiddleburg Virginia AVA
VineyardBoxwood Estate
Harvest Date09/04/2020
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced290
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginVirginia

88 Points, Wine Advocate

"A winner that is aging gracefully."



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