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Wine Critic James Suckling & Team Write Linganore “Reinvents Dry White Wine in Maryland”


MT. AIRY, MD., November 1, 2018 — James Suckling, one of today’s leading wine critics, and his team of wine experts provided high ratings for two of Linganore Winecellars’ Estate wines in a recent tasting of non-West Coast wines.

James Suckling and his associates sampled more than 800 wines from non-West Coast wineries and rated wines from 14 different states, including Maryland and Virginia. “The most important conclusion of our tasting,” writes Suckling and his contributing editor Stuart Pigott, “is that dozens of outstanding wines are now available from just about every state and for every taste. And they deserve your attention.”

Topping the list for Maryland wines, was Linganore Winecellars’ 2017 Albariño with a rating of 93 points. James Suckling and team writes, “This is a very attractive and elegant Albariño with plenty of white peaches and some flint. Sleek, racy and minerally with some real drive and concentration, this reinvents dry white wine in Maryland. Drink or hold.” James Suckling and his team rated Linganore’s newly released 2016 Exposure at 89 points and offered praises stating, “There’s a wealth of wood here. Very spicy and meaty barrel influence adds interest to the plum and mulberry aromas. The palate has medium body and fresh, lithe tannins. The oak is a little strident for now. A blend of 49 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 34 percent Petit Verdot and 17 percent Cabernet Franc. Nice now, or you can give it time to let the wood settle.”

In the report, American Wine Revolution, Pigott writes, “When the world thinks about American wine it’s firmly located on the West Coast, but the truth is that wine is produced in all the states of the Union. Some older American readers will be unaware of this development, because years ago they tried local wines and rejected the entire category, because it was “weird juice” or even faulty. For younger drinkers right around Planet Wine the idea of American wine from places other than the states of California, Washington State and Oregon is entirely new – and exciting. It illustrates America’s pioneering spirit as well as the trend for authentic food and gastronomic experiences from heirloom vegetables to craft beer. American wine is unique and now part of the American psyche for food and wine.”

About James Suckling 

As former editor for Wine Spectator’s European bureau, Suckling is CEO/Editor of JameSuckling.com, the wine media platform and events company with offices in Hong Kong and Bangkok. Since starting his career, Suckling estimates he has tasted close to 200,000 wines. This year he and his small team of tasters, including Australian Nick Stock in Melbourne, Brit Stuart Pigott in Berlin, and son Jack Suckling in Bangkok, tasted more than 16,000 wines.

About Linganore Winecellars

Founded in 1976, Linganore Winecellars is Maryland’s oldest estate vineyard and winery. Owned and operated by the Jack Aellen family with winemaking direction by Ray Mitcham and third generation winemaker, Melissa Aellen. The winery is overjoyed to receive these accolades from James Suckling’s team and is excited to continue to produce quality, award-winning wines.



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