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JamesSuckling.com Publishes Review of New York Wines

James Suckling

Penn Yan, NY, September 21st, 2021 – Over 30 wineries participating in the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) International Export Program were invited to submit wines for review by JamesSuckling.com last Spring. JamesSuckling.com is an international wine publication that annually reviews and comments on wines from the world’s leading wine regions. Results are published to an audience of over 600,000 unique annual visitors

Of the wines submitted for review by 25 wineries, 69 received scores of 90 and above. According to JamesSuckling.com “a wine rated 90 points or more is outstanding.” This impressive showing marks the first time in the history of the NYWGF that such a significant number of New York wines were accepted for review by the widely respected website.    

Though based in Hong Kong, much of the JamesSuckling.com audience are members of the trade and wine enthusiasts from North America and Europe. Together with James Suckling’s partner media programs in Mainland China, Korea, and Thailand, James has become a leading voice not just for the English-speaking wine world, but a greater audience (of more than 5 million annual viewers) that tunes in to read about the wines being reviewed by their team.  

Matthew McFetridge of FLX International, the Shanghai-based representative of NYWGF in Asia, noted that “having been part of James Suckling’s events in the Asia-Pacific for many years, we’ve seen that the credibility and weight of his reviews inspire consumers to try new and exciting wines. His voice resonates with those who may not have tried a vast range of wines but use his opinions as a compass to guide them towards quality. This recognition of New York and these high scoring wines will undoubtedly foster a greater appreciation of our region, give his audience a solid impression of what New York can do, and greater confidence to try what makes us so unique. Well done!” 

“We are extremely proud of our wineries and these scores,” noted Valerie Venezia-Ross, Acting Executive Director of NYWGF and Director of the Export Program. “James Suckling is an undeniable force in the world of wine, and the results support what we have been saying for years – that New York wines can compete on the world stage. Wine enthusiasts and trade looking for the next intriguing region should look no further than the elegantly crafted, cool climate, food friendly wines of New York.” 

James Suckling Points Winery Producer  Vintage Brand/Name Variety / Blend Components + % 
94 Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard 2019 HJW Vineyard Riesling 100% Riesling 
93 Wölffer Estate Vineyard  2020 White Horse “Diosa” 64% Chardonnay, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 16% Vignoles 
93 Element Winery 2015 Syrah 97% Syrah/3% Gewurztraminer 
93 Heart & Hands 2017 Mo Chuisle Pinot Noir 100% Pinot Noir 
93 Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2015 Reserve Blanc de Blancs Seduction 100% Chardonnay 
92 Element Winery 2013 The Element  55% Cab Franc, 45% Syrah 
92 Element Winery 2014 Cabernet Franc 100% Cabernet Franc 
92 Fulkerson Wine Cellars 2019 Fulkerson Bourbon Barrel Aged Syrah 100% Syrah 
92 Heart & Hands 2019 Paul’s Legacy Reserve Pinot Noir 100% Pinot Noir 
92 Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard 2019 HJW ‘Bio’ Chardonnay (Biodynamic) 100% Chardonnay 
92 Living Roots 2018 Riesling – Dessert Wine Riesling 
92 Paumanok Vineyards 2014 Paumanok Apollo Drive Vineyard Petit Verdot 100% Petit Verdot 
92 Sheldrake Point Winery 2018 Riesling Ice Wine 100% Riesling 
92 Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2008 Brut Seduction  45% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier 
92 Weis Vineyards 2017 Ice Wine 100% Riesling 
92 Weis Vineyards 2019 Ice Wine 100% Riesling 
92 Wölffer Estate Vineyard  2019 White Horse “Perle” Chardonnay 100% Chardonnay 
92 Wölffer Estate Vineyard  2020 White Horse “Antonov” Sauvignon Blanc  100% Sauvignon Blanc 
91 Dr. Konstantin Frank 2020 Rkatsiteli 100% Rkatsiteli 
91 Element Winery 2016 Pinot Noir 100% Pinot Noir 
91 Element Winery 2016 Chardonnay 100 % Chardonnay 
91 Forge Cellars 2019 Riesling “Railroad VYD” 100% Riesling 
91 Forge Cellars 2019 Riesling “Caywood VYD” 100% Riesling 
91 Forge Cellars 2019 Riesling “Navone VYD” 100% Riesling 
91 Fox Run Vineyards 2019 Silvan Riesling 100% Riesling 
91 Fox Run Vineyards 2019 Reserve Riesling 100% Riesling 
91 Heart & Hands 2019 Estate Riesling 100% Riesling 
91 Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard 2019 Riesling Reserve Dry 100% Riesling 
91 Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard 2019 Cabernet Franc 100% Cabernet Franc 
91 Hosmer Winery 2019 Dry Riesling 100% Riesling 
91 Living Roots 2019 Off-Dry Riesling Off-Dry Riesling 
91 Osmote 2018 Chardonnay Seneca Lake 100% Chardonnay 
91 Paumanok Vineyards 2015 Paumanok Assemblage 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot 
91 Red Newt Cellars 2017 Dry Riesling 100% Riesling 
91 RGNY 2019 RG Cabernet Franc 100% Cabernet Franc 
91 RGNY 2019 RG Viognier 100% Viognier 
91 Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery 2019 Riesling Ice 100% Riesling 
91 Weis Vineyards 2020 Dry Riesling 100% Riesling 
91 Wölffer Estate Vineyard  2010 White Horse “Lorena” Red 100% Merlot 
91 Wölffer Estate Vineyard  2020 Grapes of Roth Dry Riesling 100% Riesling 
91 Wölffer Estate Vineyard  2019 Cellar Series Malbec  83% Malbec, 16.5% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot 
90 Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery 2016 New York Premium Selection: Merlot 100% Merlot 
90 Dr. Konstantin Frank 2019 Dry Riesling 100% Riesling 
90 Dr. Konstantin Frank 2019 Semi-Dry Riesling 100% Riesling 
90 Four Maples Vineyard & Winery Inc. 2017 Cuvée du Pétit Champlain 75% Marquette, 25% Frontenac Red 
90 Fox Run Vineyards 2019 Kaiser Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay 100% Chardonnay 
90 Fox Run Vineyards 2018 Lemberger 100% Lemberger 
90 Heart & Hands 2019 Seneca East Riesling 100% Riesling 
90 Heart & Hands 2019 Riesling 100% Riesling 
90 Hosmer Winery 2020 Sauvignon Blanc 100% Sauvignon Blanc 
90 Hosmer Winery 2019 Semi-Dry Riesling 100% Riesling 
90 Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2019 T23′ Unoaked Cabernet Franc 100% Cabernet Franc 
90 Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2020 Gruner Veltliner Vineyard Select 100% Gruner Veltliner 
90 Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2018 Chardonnay 100% Chardonnay 
90 Lieb Cellars 2018 Estate Sparkling Pinot Blanc 100% Pinot Blanc 
90 Lieb Cellars 2019 Estate Cabernet Franc 94% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot 
90 Living Roots 2019 Shale Creek Bone-Dry Riesling 
90 Living Roots 2018 Dry Riesling Dry Riesling 
90 Mazza Chautauqua Cellars 2017 Merlot 100% Merlot 
90 Osmote 2019 Chardonnay Seneca Lake 100% Chardonnay 
90 Palmer Vineyards 2020 Palmer Albariño 80% Albariño, 20% Chardonnay 
90 RGNY 2019 SCIELO Tinto 38% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 19% Petit Verdot & 13% Cabernet Sauvignon 
90 Sheldrake Point Winery 2016 Reserve Meritage 51% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc 
90 Sheldrake Point Winery 2020 Dry Riesling 100% Riesling 
90 Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2018 Topaz Impérial Brut Rosé 33% Chardonnay, 47% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier 
90 Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2017 Brut 54% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir, 13% Pinot Meunier 
90 Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery 2020 Dry Rosé of Cabernet Franc 100% Cabernet Franc 
90 Wölffer Estate Vineyard  2020 Estate Rosé  44% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16.5% Chardonnay, 5.5% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Riesling, 0.3% Pinot Noir, 0.2% Gewürztraminer  
90 Wölffer Estate Vineyard  2017 White Horse “Noblesse Oblige” Sparkling Rose 41% Pinot Noir, 59% Chardonnay  
90 Wölffer Estate Vineyard  2020 Cellar Series Pinot Gris 100% Pinot Gris 

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