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 Feeling a little outlandish? Find out Jame Suckling’s top recommended “alternative” American wines to try below:
1
RdV Vineyards Virginia Lost Mountain 2016

Score: 96

This is a tight and linear red with very fine tannins and beautiful subtlety and finesse. Full-bodied and very sophisticated. Energetic acidity. Precise and focused. Extremely finely crafted and subtle. A blend of 97 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 3 percent Merlot.

2
Red Newt Cellars Riesling Finger Lake The Knoll 2016

Score: 96

Intense aromas of honey, white peaches, green mangoes and limes, leading to a palate that has a succulent, deeply flavoursome core of limes and grapefruit. The acidity balance is scintillatingly precise and the overall impression is seamless. Amazing fruit intensity here. Drink now.

3
Anthony Road Riesling Finger Lakes Dry 2017

Score: 95

Very impressive limes, grapefruit and tangerines with a pristine, fragrant edge. The palate has exceptional length and balance with terrific concentration of lime and lemon flavour. Explosive mineral depth. Wow! Drink now.

4
Barboursville Vineyards Virginia Octagon 2016

Score: 95

A linear and tight red with currant, spice, walnut and sweet-tobacco character. Full-bodied, refined and polished. Very driven and pretty. Lovely length. Excellent potential. Wait until 2021.

5
Roanoke Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon North Fork of Long Island Striking Distance 2015

Score: 95

A seriously elegant Cabernet Sauvignon that proves this grape is capable of greatness on Long Island, given the right vintage and an uncompromising commitment to quality. Stunning concentration and seamless balance through the very long, poised finish. Drink or hold.

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