James Suckling Awards

James Suckling is an American wine and cigar critic and former Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief of Wine Spectator as well as European Editor of Cigar Aficionado. Suckling is internationally regarded as one of the world’s most influential wine critics, and one of the most experienced critics of vintage cigars.
ELK RUN CABERNET FRANC MARYLAND COLD FRIDAY VINEYARD 2010
Score
88
This has built attractive tobacco and leather character on the nose over time, layered across ripe blueberries and redcurrants. The palate has attractively balanced red-plum flavors with nicely weathered tannins. Drink now.
ELK RUN CHARDONNAY MARYLAND LIBERTY TAVERN VINEYARD 2015
Score
90
An attractive chardonnay with plenty of pears and citrus, good balance and quite a long, creamy finish. Drink now.
ELK RUN GEWÜRZTRAMINER MARYLAND COLD FRIDAY VINEYARD 2015
Score
88
Rather oily and buttery with a touch of sweetness, this full-bodied and slightly alcoholic white will be difficult to marry with savory food. Drink now.