Member Tasting Notes

Below is a collection of tasting notes written by our wine club members. If you happen to have older vintages of Black Ankle wine in your cellar and want to find out information on suggested opening dates, what to pair with your wine, etc., take a look below! When you do open a bottle, be sure to send us tasting notes and we will get them added here for others to enjoy.

Please email becca@blackankle.com to get your tasting notes added.

 

Feldspar

Original Feldspar

Blend:  67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
Quantity Produced: 250 cases
Alcohol: 13.5% 

NOTES

April 2019

"On a recent Feldspar vertical tasting, we wholeheartedly agreed that Feldspar should be rescued from the cellar and enjoyed at the next special occasion!" - Buck & Peg Harrison

"Still drinking well, but past its peak. Red fruit, more acidic than expected." - Anonymous

"We drank the Black Ankle Feldspar (purchased in 2015 - no vintage on bottle) recently - Still has good fruit, some tannin on finish, some cloudiness with some sediment on side of bottle.  It was enjoyable and we still have another bottle which we will drink in maybe a year or so." - Norley King

 

Feldspar II

Blend:  67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
Quantity Produced: 711 cases
Alcohol: 13.5% 

NOTES

April 2019

"Big, bold tannins! Plum, cherry, earth. Balances well with zingy cheddar."

 

Feldspar III

Blend:  70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Quantity Produced: 850 cases
Alcohol: 14% 

NOTES

April 2019

"Very nice! Ripe red fruit, soft tannins, raspberry, chocolate notes." - Anonymous

 

Crumbling Rock

2007 Crumbling Rock

Blend:  34% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot, 3% Syrah
Quantity Produced: 348 cases
Alcohol: 15.1% 

NOTES

March 2019

"First impresson: incredible nose. The aromas fill the room. Flint on the nose; round, full, tobacco & tar resolving to dark fruit on the palate. Long dry finish as the cherry notes evanesce. Some hints of rosemary and pine on the finish. (30 minutes later) Take 2: The initial fruity nose has softened - still lots of stone, but also berries & herbs. Smells like an early summer morning. Lovely fruit on the palate, so jammy! I would pair this with Berkshire pork chop, leafy greens and braised radishes." - Catherine Jordan

"Nose - Tarry, resolves into sweet tobacco notes, beneath black cherry, a bit of slate as it sits. Palate - smooth, just a hint of bite, black cherry syrup, but not sweet, smoky notes on the finish." - Jim Jordan

"The love and care of your vines is apparent in the finished product. They are wonderful! I think that I like the 2007 Crumbling Rock the best for the boldness of it. I like the fruit nose and the lingering finish after taste. Lee also appears to be partial to the 2007 Crumbling Rock. We both think that they are all exquisite, however." - Jackie & Lee Cereta

September 2019

 

2008 Crumbling Rock

Blend:  57% Cabernet Franc, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot,  1% Malbec, 1% Syrah
Quantity Produced: 662 cases
Alcohol: 15.1% 

NOTES

April 2019

"The 2008 Crumbling Rock is superb. It has integrated amazingly. Right at its peak. Chocolate, dark fruit, mild spices, and long finish. I had forgotten that I had it. A very well made wine." - Alfonso Sanchez

 

2012 Crumbling Rock

Blend:  42% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Franc, 16% Petit Verdot
Quantity Produced: 465 cases
Alcohol: 13.5% 

NOTES

March 2019

"Loam on the nose, earthy. I love this - layers of fruit on the palate, very full. Finish is long, lots of berries, and dark chocolate. (30 minutes later). Take two: Really opened up. Nose is more developed, earthy, some stone notes, berries, hints of spices on the finish - cinnamon, pepper; no longer getting that chocolate note. I would serve this with seared duck breast and asparagus." - Catherine Jordan

"Nose - much less forward than the '07, raspberries rather than cherries, still the sweet tobacco, but fainter hint of minerality. Palate - needs that opening time, finesse rather than the boldness of the '07, raspberries at the tip of the tongue become elder berries on the rest of the tongue, mineral on the finish. (30 minutes later) Take two: Still spare, reserved, raspberries with blackberries now, a bit of sweet cinnamon, light wet slate. Palate - earthier notes, the slate dries, the fruit deepens, but it is the essences of berries, a perfume rather than juice, let this air for an hour. Pairing: pekin duck breast, lightly spiced with sauted kalimeris indica." - Jim Jordan

"For me, this wine is pretty perfect right now. The nose has some graphite and cedar, earthy and rich. The palate is all rich, dark fruits with an edge of tobacco, leather and earth. Some spicy notes and a perfect, dry finish. As for pairing - I drink it with everything, but steak is perfect." - Lydia Whitney

 

2013 Crumbling Rock

Blend:  54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 17% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot
Quantity Produced: 465 cases
Alcohol: 13.4% 

NOTES

September 2019

"This fabulous vintage presented rich, dry, oaky earth right out of the bottle. Full bodied and complex, there was a hint of flowers and herbs on the nose. It was even smoother and richer on Day 2, and on Day 3 I detected some jammy overtones. In other words, it was perfect right out of the bottle and kept getting better as it aerated. Now is the perfect time to open this bottle - but it will probably continue to be delicious for a few more years." - Lydia Whitney

 

March 2019

"On the nose you get dark cocoa with hint of berry, it’s medium bodied and the berry follows through with a hint of dark chocolate bitterness followed by ripe fruit with warm baking spices. A silky and warming mouthfeel lingers enticing you to take another sip." - Joe DePietro

"Nose - the first sniff was very sharp, that went away quickly and became earthy notes, blackberries, minerality and black tea notes. Palate - very full and fruity on the palate, nice warming spices, cardamom primarily. Pairing: mushroom risotto, wild mushroom mix & truffle oil, kale on the side." - Jim Jordan

"Berries on the nose, but very slight. Super smooth on the palate. Again, full & fruity. A hint of warming spices in the finish - slight pepper, a memory of cardamom. (30 minutes later) Take 2: This really opened up. Still a bit sharp - I'm interpreing that as almost an herby green note in the background. Super smooth. Would go great with a rack of lamb or mushroom ragu on corn polenta." - Catherine Jordan

 

2015 Crumbling Rock

Blend:  28% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petit Verdot, 22% Cabernet Franc
Quantity Produced: 1210 cases
Alcohol: 13% 

NOTES

March 2019

"In your face port notes on the nose. Lots of raisins, maybe some butterscotch. Raisins, plums on the palate & finish. I'd like to taste this again in 5 years or so. Tart finish. Food makes this drinkable now." - Catherine Jordan

"Whoa! Who put the Terra Dulce in the glass? Ruby port, raisins, plums (black), this wants a bit of blue cheese. Palate: sweet at the tip of the tongue, intense plum and prune notes as it rolls across the tongue. Touch of butterscotch, let this one sit for another few years." - Jim Jordan

 

Leaf-Stone

2011 Leaf-Stone

Blend:  100% Syrah
Alcohol: 13.1% 

NOTES

March 2019

"Tunneling sharp then bright energy with fruit shinning forward" - Maureen Blum

"A little musty on the nose, berries & a hint of peppercorns. Gentlemen's club on the palate - leather, tobacco, smoke, jam. Spicy finish. I do think this is at or just past its peak. (45 minutes later) Drinks very well - I guess decant for 1 hour for best results!" - Catherine Jordan

"Nose: aged tobacco, jammy, hint of pepper. Palate: nice peppery notes, cedar, plummy, little bit of cherry peaking through." - Jim Jordan

 

2012 Leaf-Stone

Blend:  100% Syrah
Alcohol: 13.1% 

NOTES

March 2019

"Terrior/Dirt/Ash - sharp terrior finish, hint of unripe fruit." - Maureen Blum

"Nose: not as much depth as the richness of the '11, notes of cedar and slate. Palate: elegant, pair carefully - pork chop or piece of salmon, wood and mineral, a hint of tannin - but dark sooner pepper emerging on a second sip - white pepper." Jim Jordan

"Hint of cedar on the nose. Not as complex. Lovely long spicy finish. Very subtle overall. I want to pair this with a good pork chop and some roasted veggies. Drink soon - we need to check our cellar!" (45 minutes later) This wine benefited from the wait. Complexity is showing up. Super smooth, lovely spice finish. - Catherine Jordan

 

2013 Leaf-Stone

Blend:  100% Syrah
Alcohol: 13% 

NOTES

March 2019

"Ash nose with sprinkling stone fruit. Fruit lingers. - Maureen Blum

"Nose: lush nose, especially after the 2012 Leaf-Stone, more sour cherries than the jam of the 2011 Leaf-Stone. Plus a light cherry compote with cinnamon, slate, but hiding in the fruit. Palate: cedar/sandalwood, blackpepper, nice and smooth, a bit of a mineral edge." - Jim Jordan

"Nice nose. I agree with the "Freshly sharpened pencils" - a combo of sawdust and graphite notes. Also sour cherries? Round and rich on the palate. Dark cherries, rosemary, cardamom on the finish. Serve with wild mushroom - in a risotto or soup, by preference. (45 minutes later) Everything is richer, deeper, rounder." - Catherine Jordan

 

2015 Leaf-Stone

Blend:  100% Syrah
Alcohol: 13% 

NOTES

March 2019

"Hints of black noir." - Maureen Blum

"Nose: back to the richness of the 2011 Leaf-Stone, jammy notes, tar, newer tobacco than the 2011, the fruit is a bit hidden by the tobacco and tar. Definitely will be intriguing next year and after. Palate: still developing its presence here, much the same notes as the nose, but a bit sharper, more peppery." - Jim Jordan

"Stone, earth, dark fruits on the nose. Strongest nose of the bunch. Finish has notes of licorice, pepper, tobacco, and all spice. Hard to tease apart the fruits on the palate - definitely getting cherries, berries, and vanilla. You could pair this with steak today, but I want to wait a few years before settling on a food pairing." - Catherine Jordan

 

Phyllite

2013 Phyllite

Blend:  100% Syrah
Alcohol: 13% 

NOTES

August 2019

"I made myself a dinner featuring a lot of mushrooms and thought a Syrah would pair nicely, and thought I'd pull out the almost 6 year old Phyllite to see how it is evolving.  The wine is still vibrant and fresh and beautifully balanced (and paired very well, indeed!).  The wine fully involves the mouth from start to its long pepper spice finish.  Complex aromas and flavors: tobacco, pencil box and graphite mingle with dark plum, dark berries (blueberry, blackberry), black currant, and black cherry while hints of baking spice and black olive flirt with the senses." - Karen Cool

 

Gruner Veltliner Alegria

2014 Gruner Veltliner Alegria

Blend:  100% Gruner Veltliner
Alcohol: 14% 

NOTES

August 2019

"We had the 2014 Guner Veltiner Alegria this evening for dinner and since it was one that you had marked to tell you about I thought I would. Overall it was still pretty good, although the cork was a little soft and the nose was very light.  Bob found a chemical note which kind of blew off after a bit. The wine was still good, some minerality & acid came thru.   I wouldn't hold it too much longer. Hope you  (and the grapes) are surviving this hot summer." - Norley King