We could've stopped there, but I was on a mission to also get to a new up & coming winery: Serpent Ridge. I have fallen in love with their blend named Basilisk--blend of Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc. So we load up into my car & decide to make a little detour to Elk Run which is just down the street from Black Ankle. My criticism is that Elk Run's wines try very hard but just don't cut it in my book. I will say that the Cabernet Sauvignon Liberty Tavern Estate Reserve was quite good. Thumbs up to that one. It may be woth it to go give them a fresh taste first but that didn't blur for my enjoyment of the Serpent Ridge wines which we had third...so I don't know...
Serpent Ridge--for a new vineyard is producing some good stuff. Loved the Vintner's Cabernet but the Basilisk is what I came for--so good!
All of this wine experience brings me to the end--a little chat about Boordy--pretty close to home with probably the best Cabernet Franc that I've ever had. Maryland is just perfect for growing Cab Franc & Boordy has outdone themselves with the Cabernet Franc Reserve--only available now to wine club members so unless you've got a friend, you won't be able to try this truly outstanding wine. The others that I enjoy are the Landmark Reserve, South Mountain Red, & the Dry Rose.
Bottom line--there are some wonderful Maryland Wineries out there--I plan to visit more--been to quite a lot but the list is growing. I am a huge supporter of local wines & need to expand to the Eastern Shore, but so far, loving where I've visited thus far. It certainly helps that I got to enjoy these places with great friends!