by Jim Lang
I could have been in California when I ventured to Black Ankle a couple of Sundays ago: green ecology with solar panels and sparing use of water. The patio between two buildings is shaded with checkerboard panels, and former tasting pourers are now servers, new to that role but pleasant and informative. The servers wear masks. A great place to enjoy wine.
They offer some food choices, like cheese and cashews, but it’s the wines that stand out. You choose from three $28 tasting flights, white and red, and you sit at tables well spaced. I had a red flight which included their reasonably priced ($38 a bottle) Passeggiata and their high end $56 Feldspar IV.
After tasting these incredible wines in the flight, I bought a bottle of each and found them unusually good with a variety of foods when I had them at home. The Passeggiata was incredibly versatile and the Feldspar was like no Burgundy/Bordeaux (no grapes were identified for either wine on their bottles) I have ever tasted, and both were silky like I remember the Russian River Pinot Noir made by Rochioli.
Black Ankle Vineyards is open by reservation only, seven days a week from 10/11 AM—6 PM and until 8:30 PM on Friday, when they have live music (also on every 2nd Saturday). They ask that people wear masks when walking around outside. It’s a leisurely ride of about an hour to Mt. Airy, MD; and a pleasure when you arrive. I look forward to our PWS October event there.