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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!

 


 

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.

 



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!


 

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.

 


 

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. 

 


 

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

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!
 



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!