Boordy Vineyards was founded in 1945 by Philip Wagner, one of America’s most influential post WWII winemakers. About a decade ago, Boordy’s current owner, UC Davis graduate Rob Deford began a major replanting of old vineyards, planting new vineyards in Maryland’s Piedmont, and building a modern state of the art winery. As a result, the winery has become one of the most visible examples of the rapid rise in quality of East Coast wines. In this article we review some of Boordy’s new releases. For more on Boordy, see the lengthy article we published last year. And for more on Maryland wine more generally, please read our in depth report The Wines of Maryland.
Boordy 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Long Green Vineyard Maryland ($20) 90 Showing effusive tropical and citrus fruit aromas, this is an amazing Sauvignon Blanc given the disastrous 2018 vintage. And it’s not just up front fruit either, the palate has good weight and persistence with relatively high acidity. Outstanding wine making.
Boordy 2017 Reserve Chardonnay ($35) 91 Balanced with firm acidity and typical Chardonnay aromas and flavors, this is an appealing wine that shows good weight on the mid-palate. It’s a refreshing wine with a mélange of ripe citrus complemented by dried stone fruit and finishes with lingering rich fruit and toasty notes. A very good, balanced Chardonnay with under 13% alcohol. Fermented and aged in used oak for five months.
Boordy 2018 Rosé Maryland ($17) 90 Copper orange. Complex bouquet of blood orange, berries, and savory herbs that are mirrored on a full-flavored, mineral-tinged palate. Lingers in the mouth showing rich extract and a refreshing finish. A direct pressed blend of Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the Long Green Vineyard and Merlot from the South Mountain Vineyard. Alc 11.7%
Boordy 2016 Cabernet Franc Maryland ($37) 91 This Cabernet Franc from the very good 2016 vintage shows plum, dark berries and earth aromas and flavors. It’s densely flavored with rustic notes and shows good length. The herbal earthy notes in the wine make it a great companion for food, and that’s how we would drink it. While this bottling isn’t quite up to the lofty standards we found in the 2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve from the South Mountain Vineyard, it’s imminently enjoyable. A blend of 95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot matured in 45% new oak for 16 months.
Boordy 2015 Landmark Reserve Maryland ($50) 90 The Landmark Reserve is a Cabernet Sauvignon based blend that offers good drinking pleasure. It offers an extravagant nose of plum, red currant, mushrooms, and wood smoke. The palate is medium palate showing brambly red fruit complicated by notes of toasted oak and spice with a medium long finish. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Petite Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Syrah from the South Mountain Vineyard. Aged in 50% new French oak.
Boordy Vineyards 2017 Landmark Albariño Reserve South Mountain Vineyard Maryland ($30) 90 Very attractive Albariño that opens with a seductive fragrance of rose petal and orange flower. Soft on the attack but clean and precise in the mouth with tropical fruit notes. Nicely balanced and, oh, so easy to drink. Fermented and aged in Burgundian oak barrels for 6 months. Alc 13.5%
Boordy Vineyards 2017 Landmark Viognier South Mountain Vineyard Maryland ($25) 90 Effusive aromas of white peach and nectarine show on the nose. Focused palate with beautifully clean, perfumed fruit and refreshing acidity. Delicious. All stainless; 13.5% alc.
Boordy Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc Reserve South Mountain Vineyard Maryland ($55) 93 Dark red. Enticing bouquet of dark red fruit married to toasty oak. Silky and suave on a round, full palate showing concentrated dark cherry and plum that persist on a long, rich finish. A delicious, beautifully made wine 75% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon matured in 45% new French oak for 16 months. Alc 13% 419 cases made. Sourced from the rocky eastern slope of South Mountain in the Blue Ridge.
Boordy Vineyards 2015 Lost Order No. 191 South Mountain Vineyard Maryland ($55) 92 A big, concentrated wine of rich dark red fruit and toasted oak complemented by light earth notes. Soft and round on the attack with a very appealing silky, refined mouth feel and beautifully long finish. Firm tannins. The fruit was allowed to hang well into October when it was handpicked and sorted, then gravity transferred to small lot fermenters for a 40-day maceration following fermentation. 56% Petit Verdot, 23% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Syrah and 1% Cabernet Franc. 150 cases made.