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Crumbling Rock

 

2006 Crumbling Rock 

Blend:  38% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Yield per Acre: 2.5 tons
Dates of Harvest:  October 3 – October 26
Élévage:  16 months in French oak barrels; 75% new
Quantity Produced: 525 cases
Alcohol: 13.5% 

NOTES

February 2014 - Ed Boyce
Showing bright color around the edges of the glass, still holding on to the intensity in the nose, with even more complexity on the palate than years past.  The freshness (acidic backbone) points to long aging, and this wine is still improving 8 years later.  A great food wine.

 


 

2007 Crumbling Rock 

Blend:  34% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot, 3% Syrah
Yield/Acre:  2.4 Tons
Dates of Harvest:  September 22nd – October 15th
Élévage:  18 months in French oak, 100% new
Quantity Produced:  348 cases
Alcohol:  15.1%  

NOTES

March 2014 - Ed Boyce
Just plain lovely.  I keep expecting this wine to hit it's peak as it has higher than normal alcohol for a long-lived wine, but each time we taste it it improves.  It is drinking beautifully now, but still improving a bit.

 


 

2008 Crumbling Rock 

Blend: 57% Cabernet Franc, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec, 1% Syrah
Yield/Acre: 2.4 Tons Dates of Harvest: September
22nd – October 15th
Élévage: 18 months in French oak, 100% new
Quantity Produced: 662 cases
Alcohol: 15.1%

NOTES

March 2014 - Ed Boyce
Of all the Crumbling Rocks this one has improved the most with bottle age.  The mid-palate has filled in beautifully and the flavor profile has become more complex.  It is drinking very well right now, but showing no signs of aging.

 


 

2009 Crumbling Rock 

Blend:  30% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot
Yield/Acre:  1.8 Tons
Dates of Harvest:  October 5th – 25th 
Élévage:  16 months in French oak barrels, 100% New
Quantity Produced: 240 Cases
Alcohol:  13.0%

NOTES

February 2014 - Ed Boyce
Somewhat muted on the nose, the palate is still juicy with excellent freshness, but the wine seems closed down at this point.  I'd recommend waiting a year or so to open it, or decant it for an hour or so before drinking. 

May 2014 - Ed Boyce
Compared to the last bottle, this one is starting to come out of its brooding stage.  Bright, fresh flavors with bracing acidity, it feels like it will peak in the next 2-3 years.

 


 

2010 Crumbling Rock 

Blend: 63% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot
Dates of Harvest:  September 14 – October 9
Élévage: 18 months in French oak barrels, 70% new 
Quantity Produced: 465 cases
Alcohol:  14.3%

NOTES

February 2014 - Ed Boyce
Big, bold flavors, even bigger and bolder than at release.  Yum.

April 2014 - Ed Boyce
Still great boldness, but this bottle seemed more closed.  Probably heading into the some what closed, brooding stage that many of our wines seem to enter a year or two after release, so I would wait a year or so for the wine to re-emerge even better than before.

April 2018 
The aromas are lovely, showing leather, tobacco, and black fruit, with hints of vanilla and mocha. There is a moderately long finish, showcasing the spice on the end notes. There is a nice balance of acidity and tannins, and it is drinking very smooth. It is likely that this wine will continue to taste well for another several years or more.

 


 

2012 Crumbling Rock

Blend: 42% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Franc, 16% Petit Verdot
Dates of Harvest:  September 14 – October 9
Quantity Produced: 465 cases
Alcohol:  13.5%

NOTES

April 2018 
There are nice aromas of plum, dark cherry, currant, and bell pepper, with hints of  tobacco and licorice. There is great acidity and grippy tannins. The finish is very long, with white pepper notes. We recommend decanting for an hour or so if you wish to enjoy this bottle, but there is still plenty of life left if you wish to continue aging! 

 


 

2013 Crumbling Rock 

Blend: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 17% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot
Dates of Harvest:  September 14 – October 9
Quantity Produced: 465 cases
Alcohol:  13.4%

NOTES

April 2018 
The color is a deep ruby, with a wonderful viscosity. Notes of dark fruits, green pepper, cedar, and dark cherry hit the palate. There is a long finish, with lots of spice! It is elegant, complex, and easy drinking. You will notice a great interplay of tannins and acidity. are nice aromas of plum, dark cherry, currant, and bell pepper, with hints of  tobacco and licorice. There is great acidity and grippy tannins. The finish is very long, with white pepper notes. We recommend decanting for an hour or so if you wish to enjoy this bottle, but there is still plenty of life left if you wish to continue aging! This wine is lively, but can definitely still be laid down for many more years!

 


 

2015 Crumbling Rock

Blend: 28% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petit Verdot, 22% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol:  13%

NOTES

April 2018 
Earthy notes lead into black plum, sweet wood, black cherry, vanilla, and cranberry, with a hint of dried herbs.The viscosity and finish is all very good! Living up to our earlier Crumbling Rocks it has a long, warm, velvety smooth finish. If you can stand the wait, you can probably lay this bottle down for at least another 8 years!

 


 

Leaf-Stone Syrah

 

2007 Leaf-Stone Syrah

Blend:  91% Syrah, 4% Pinot Noir, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot
Yield/Acre:  1.9 Tons
Dates of Harvest:  September 28-29th
Elevage:  18 months in French Oak, 100% new
Quantity Produced:  324 cases
Alcohol:  14.6% 

NOTES

December 2013 - Ed Boyce
This wine has been rock solid ever since release, and continues to get better.  Lovely fruit and great balance mean great drinking now and lots of potential left.

 


 

2008 Leaf-Stone Syrah

Blend:  81% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Viognier, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec, 1% Merlot
Yield/Acre:  3.4 Tons
Dates of Harvest:  October 2nd
Elevage:  18 months in French Oak, 70% new
Quantity Produced:  392 cases
Alcohol:  13.5% 

NOTES

April-May 2014 - Ed Boyce
This wine has finally blossomed after being very tight at bottling. Reminiscent of a Northern Rhone, the 2008 is drinking really well right now, but seems to have peaked in its development, and one bottle we opened recently had started it's decline. I'd recommend drinking this wine over the next year or so.
 



2010 Leaf-Stone Syrah

Blend: 100% Syrah
Dates of Harvest:  September 1-8
Élévage:  18 months in French oak barrels, 65% new
Quantity Produced: 340 cases
Alcohol: 14.6% 

NOTES

April 2013 - Ed Boyce
Juicy, complex flavors.  Still improving, but it is also drinking great right now.  I resolve next time to open a 2007 along side this, and just sit back and enjoy them both.

 



2011 Leaf-Stone Syrah

Blend: 100% Syrah
Alcohol: 13.1% 

NOTES

April 2014 
The aromas are earthy and smoky, with dark fruits, baking spice, mocha, and peppers. There is a long, complex finish with medium acidity and wonderful tannins to balance. Perhaps age this bottle for a few more years! 

 



2012 Leaf-Stone Syrah

Blend: 100% Syrah
Dates of Harvest:  September 1-8
Quantity Produced: 340 cases
Alcohol: 13.1% 

NOTES

April 2018 
This Syrah is tasting very smoky and earthy, with notes of dark chocolate and fruit. It is drinking very smooth, with a nice acidity and integrated tannins. The finish is long and easy, with pepper and dark berry notes. The taste is fresh, with a great structure and body. It leaves an elegant whole mouth feel. This wine is aging very nicely, and will continue to do so for years ahead.

 



2013 Leaf-Stone Syrah

Blend: 100% Syrah
Dates of Harvest:  September 1-8
Quantity Produced: 340 cases
Alcohol: 13%

NOTES

April 2018 
Yum!! A smoky/cured bacon aroma that is earthy, with hints of vanilla, green pepper, and mushroom. As the bottle opens up, it seems to become more fruit forward. Imagine a dark berry compote!The tannins are still mouth-drying, and there is wonderful acidity. This bottle still has plenty of life left!

 



2015 Leaf-Stone Syrah

Blend: 100% Syrah
Dates of Harvest:  September 1-8
Quantity Produced: 300 cases
Alcohol: 13%

NOTES

April 2018 
This Syrah is absolutely wonderful! It exhibits dark fruits with a hint of earthiness in its aroma. Blackberries, sweet tobacco, and subtle notes of cured meats hit your nose. The finish is long, warm, and peppery! As the bottle warms up, the aromas become even earthier, with hints of leather and minerality. This wine will continue to develop in the bottle for quite some time. You can still definitely keep this guy tucked away for awhile :-)

 


 

Slate

 

Slate

Blend:  : 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Syrah, 22% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Yield per Acre: 3.0 Tons
Élévage:  28-40 months in French oak barrels, 100% New
Quantity Produced: 600 Cases
Alcohol: 13.9% 

NOTES

February 2014 - Ed Boyce
While our other reserve wines have retained their youthfulness much longer than we anticipated, the Slate seems to be aging more like a traditional Bordeaux. A slight lightening of color around the edges of the glass hints at the complex aromas developing in the glass, along with the silky, soft tannins that develop in Great Bordeaux as they age. If you like wines young and fruity, drink now. If you like wines soft and complex, this wine has lots of aging potential left.  

December 2014 - Ed Boyce
Color shows edges starting to lose some vibrancy as the wines age.  Nose is bright and focused.  On the palate the tannins are even smoother and silkier than on release, and there are no wobbles to the lengthy finish.  Primary fruit aromas of the young wine are beginning to fade and give way to the more evolved cigar box, leather, and tobacco.  Slate is the first of our wines to enter into middle age, which makes sense given that much of it was aged for 3 - 4 years in barrel before bottling, and barrel aging is much quicker than bottle aging.  I am struck by how much it is developing like a great Bordeaux, while still retaining the characteristics that make it a true Black Ankle Vineyards wine.  It is drinking wonderfully now, and will likely last another 10 years before it begins to fade.  But since I like young wines, I don't think my last few bottles will last that long.

 


 

Slate 2

Blend:  : 50% Merlot, 22% Petit Verdot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc
Quantity Produced: 600 Cases
Alcohol: 14.2% 

NOTES

April 2018
Complex aromas showcase as the wine begins to open up. There are notes of dark berries, pepper spice, prunes, anise, and tobacco. The finish is long, fruity and spicy. While also showing an elusive floral undertone. It is smooth, and nicely balanced. This wine is drinking very nicely, with many years left of aging.

 



Slate 3

Blend:  : 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 13.2% 

NOTES

April 2018
There are so many different complex things going on in this blend-- Wow! The first smells are earthy, woodsy, tobacco and cherry notes. As the wine opens up a bit,dark fruit flavors start coming forward. There is a tiny floral note that elusively whispers between layers of aromas. It is dry and smooth, with a great balance of viscosity and tannins. The finish is long carrying peppered notes. You can definitely keep aging this bottle for many more years.

 



 

M

 

2011 M

Blend:  : 57% Merlot, 43% Malbec
Quantity Produced: 250 Cases
Alcohol: 13% 

NOTES

April 2018
This bottle is very full bodied, and still has great body and weight. The acidity makes for a juicy mouth feel. There are aromas of dark cherry, raw almonds, and currants. While fruit forward, there is still a bit of earthiness. The finish is long and smooth. This bottle will continue to age nicely for a bit. 

 


 

2015 M

Blend:  : 89% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Quantity Produced: 100 Cases
Alcohol: 13.7% 

NOTES

April 2018
This Malbec based blend exhibits notes of blueberries, black cherries, vanilla, and sweet wood. It has beautiful floraly undertones. The wine is full bodied, and juicy, allowing it to just dance across your tongue. It is very multifaceted, as there is a great interplay between its acidity and firm tannins. The finish lingers, and is smooth and mildy peppery.  This wine will continue to age nicely for a long while.

 


 

Feldspar

 

Feldspar (Non-Vintage)

Blend:  : 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec. Made with grapes from 2011-2013 vintages.
Quantity Produced: 250 Cases
Alcohol: 13.5% 

NOTES

August 2015 - Ed and Sarah
This is a blend of wines from 2011, 2012, and 2013, with the older wines adding the richness and depth that comes from long barrel aging. The 2013 grapes add some rich fruit to give the wine a little zip. A soft beautiful wine, with years and years of aging potential ahead of it.

April 2018
The aromas are lovely. Herbs and minerals, with dark fruits laced by vanilla notes. It almost tastes jammy on the palate, with a nice pepper spice. Considering the time spent in barrel, this wine continues to taste fresh. It is smooth and easy drinking, and has wonderful balance. There are still many years left for this bottle!
 



Feldspar II (Non-Vintage)

Blend:  : 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
Alcohol: 13.5% 

NOTES

February 2017- Ed and Sarah
This is a soft, beautiful wine with strong tannins and a full mouth feel. This is all supported by flavors of red fruit, black cherry, and light spice. This wine is drinking beautifully right now, but we expect it to have a good long aging life.
 




Feldspar III (Non-Vintage)

Blend:  : 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc -- 55% aged 30 months, 45% aged 18 months -- French oak barrels, 35% new
Alcohol: 14% 

NOTES

June 2018
For having just been bottled, this wine is very complex, and nicely integrated. It is both savory and fruity, serving as a full mouth experience -- every aspect flows without any type of harshness. Dark berry notes prevail before leading into flavors like fig, cola, and tobacco leaf. There is a slight hint of bell peppers. This wine highlights what Black Ankle is all about, and will continue to develop if you choose to age, for many years ahead.
 


 

Phyllite

 

2013 Phyllite

Blend:  : 100% Syrah
Quantity Produced: 250 Cases
Alcohol: 13%

NOTES

April 2018
This is an easy drinking Syrah, with everything that you might expect. The aromas are earthy and floral, with hints of dark fruit. There is a long, smooth finish on the palate, It is complimented by spice pepper notes. There is still great acidity and tannins. This bottle still has many years left ahead of it!

 


 

2015 Phyllite

Blend:  : 100% Syrah
Quantity Produced: 250 Cases
Alcohol: 13%

NOTES

April 2018
This Syrah is very earthy, with hints of leather, anise, dark fruits, and woody notes. On the palate you experience a nice juicy plum, with cherry and vanilla spices. The finish is smooth and long, with a peppery spice note that just seems to last and last. This is a very elegant bottle. It has a great body, with a nice complexity. The acidity and tannins are very well-balanced. This bottle would pair well with various rich foods. But, should you wish to let this bottle relax for awhile, you can certainly do so! It will age nicely for quite some time yet.

 


 

Pinot Noir

 

2015 Pinot Noir

Blend:  : 100% Pinot Noir
Quantity Produced: 100 Cases
Alcohol: 13.6%

NOTES

April 2018
What a wine this Pinot is!! It exhibits beautiful earthy and herbal notes, with hints of red fruits (raspberry, cherry, and strawberry). There is a great balance of acidity and minerality, with a white pepper finish. We would still recommend more time in the bottle for this one, as it will just continue to develop into a bigger and bolder Pinot! :-)