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Revisiting the 2010 Black Ankle, Leaf-Stone Syrah

As I wrote in The Drink Local Wine Tour of Maryland Wineries post I picked up two bottles of the 2010 Black Ankle Vineyards, Leaf-Stone Syrah.  I could not wait to taste it from a full bottle so I pulled a cork this week.  I poured it straight from the bottle.  For the first hour it oscillated between showing attractive strawberry flavors and closing up.  I knew it had finally opened up when Jenn remarked that she was enjoying it very much.  This smelled and tasted like proper Syrah.  This is a great wine to try if you are inspired by the Drink Local Wine conference in Maryland.  It is true that it is not cheap but it is a serious example of Maryland wine.  This wine was purchased at Black Ankle Vineyards.


2010 Black Ankle Vineyards, Leaf-Stone Syrah, Frederick County – $48
This wine is 100% Syrah which was aged for 18 months in 65% new French oak.  Alcohol 14.6%.  The light nose was grapey with tart purple berries and perhaps some lees.  It opened up after an hour with purple, grapey fruit which was concentrated with texture.  It had somewhat savory, cherry and strawberry flavors. There was good structure with some ripe tannins which pleasantly coated the inside of the lips.  I thought the oak complementary.  *** 2014-2020.


  1. April 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I remember tasting Black Ankle when the winery first opened and being rather impressed. Never tried this syrah before. As you say, expensive, but I’m always trying to support Maryland wineries. Cheers!

  2. April 19, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I live near Ed and through a mutual friend I first met him then went out to the winery in 2009. I you wrote, I too was impressed then and the wines are certainly still on form. It is also a great place to go for a picnic. I want to try more of the wines and also try older vintages.

  3. April 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

    This wine was my favorite of the weekend and I picked up a bottle myself! I’m excited to open this up during a special occasion and share it with some friends. Black Ankle is a beautiful property and they are definitely setting a standard for Maryland wine.

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