Wine Time – Chateau Boswell Elegance

Elegance…  Merriam-Webster might define the word as “refined gracefulness” or “dignified beauty of style”…

After spending time tasting through the lineup at Chateau Boswell, elegance was the word.

Tucked away off the northern end of the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley, Chateau Boswell has been producing elegant wines for many a year.  Founded in 1979 by the late R.T. Boswell, noted Winemaker André Tchelistcheff took the reins as initial Winemaker and guided the Chateau down its current path.  Current Winemaker and grape guru Phillipe Melka continues the tradition, at the helm since November of 2015.  Current production hovers around the 5,000 cases/year mark.
Grapes from the estate as well as carefully selected regional sources form the backbone of current production, which concentrates on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals.  All of the wines are terrior focused, deftly displaying the characteristics from whence they came.  Finely structured Pinot Noirs from the Sonoma Coast and Sta. Rita Hills, single-vineyard Chardonnays from the Rued and Ritchie vineyards among others.  Of note, the Pinots and one of the Chardonnays are labeled under the moniker “Absolutely Eloise”.

Look no further than family for the answer.  Proprietress Susan Boswell emphasizes family, with granddaughter Eloise lending her name for these labels.

As for the Cabernets, bottlings from Oakville, Napa, and the renowned Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard are all standouts.  Of course, I save the best for last when I mention the Estate Cabernet, which happens to be my favorite bottling of the lineup…!
Are you ready to taste these gems…?

As Chateau Boswell is a Private Estate, all visits are by appointment only.  I recommend a maximum of 6 persons to maintain the intimate feel of the experience.  With Director of Estate Operation Cameron James as your guide, the tasting will typically begin in the entry to the wine cave, referred to as the “dome room”.  Chardonnays and Pinots will be the starters here, with a stroll through the caves and tastings of the big reds capping the visit.  The overall experience is casual and relaxed, yet reflects the “refined gracefulness” of the wines themselves.
Elegance personified…


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I have been to this place several times. The perfect event starts with an extraordinary location, like this. Thanks to my friend for introducing me to New York venues. I will definitely be coming back.