Two red wine glass in a Vineyard during sunset.
The New York World Wine Competition (NYWWC) is one of the world’s most prestigious wine competitions. It’s noted both for the quality of its judges, many of whom are renowned wine experts with decades of industry experience.
The NYWWC identifies the Best in Show, the highest accolade it bestows, across the wine categories it judges. A Best of Class award goes to the top wine in each category.
The results are closely followed by consumers eager for expert judgments and, more importantly, by the trade, especially the distributor community. Many wineries have found that recognition by the NYWWC is the golden key to unlocking broad national and often international distribution. Even established producers look to the NYWWC to confirm their core ranges and validate new expressions and production techniques.
Below are the results and accompanying tasting notes from the top awarded red wines in the 2022 New York World Wine Competition.
The Best in Show Red Wine was Zilzie Wines, Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Edition 2020, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, 750 ml. This blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon is drawn from three of South Australia’s premier wine appellations. The wine also won the Best of Class Award for Best Premium Non-Bordeaux Blend.
The Official Judging Note described the wine as:
Very fruity on the nose and palate, with intense black fruit notes and cinnamon spice. Very long, fruity finish.
The Best in Show Spanish/Portuguese/Argentinian Red was Campo Viejo, Gran Riserva Red, Rioja DOC, 750 ml. This Spanish wine is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo. The average retail price of around $20 makes it an excellent value.
The Judging Panel described the wine as showing:
Dark, dried red and black fruit. Distinctive oak note, creamy, lactic, with a hint of vanilla on the palate. It has a medium-length finish, with lingering dried red fruit notes and a touch of wood.
The runner-up was also from Campo Viejo, Garnacha, 2020, 750 ml. This wine is excellent and an exceptional value. It can often be found for $10 or less. The Judging Panel described it as:
Very fruity on the nose, with fresh red and black fruit notes. Fruity on the palate, with black fruit notes of blackberry and black cherry. It is slightly drying, with ripe, well-integrated tannins. It has a medium-length finish—an ideal wine for food pairings.
The Best of Class Premium Bordeaux Blend was Rodney Strong Vineyard, Red Blend, 2017, Sonoma County. This is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Merlot, 12 % Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc.
The Judging Panel described it as showing:
Blue and dark fruits on the nose. Fruity on the palate, with classic dark fruit notes of blackberry and black cherry. Medium finish, creamy, with a hint of vanilla.
The runner-up was Poplar Grove Winery, The Legacy, 2019. Okanagan Valley, 750 ml. This British Columbia wine features a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot, 6% Malbec, and 4% Petit Verdot.
The Best of Class Malbec was Alamos, Malbec 2020, 750 ml from Mendoza, Argentina. This wine is another exceptional value. It can often be found for$10 or less a bottle. The Official Tasting Note described it as:
Plum and prune on the nose and palate. Fruity, with ripe, well-integrated tannins on the palate. Long, slightly drying finish with lingering plum and prune notes.
The runner up was Abolengo de Don Juan, Malbec, 2017, Valle de Bernal, Mexico. This wine is another outstanding wine value. It can also be found for around $10/bottle.
Malbec isn’t usually associated with Mexico but is increasingly planted there. The Bernal Valley is in the state of Querétaro in north-central Mexico, about two hours north of Mexico City. This relatively unknown wine-producing region has been making outstanding and economically priced wines. Definitely a wine region worth exploring further.
The Best of Class Zinfandel was Davis Family Vineyards, Zinfandel, 2019, Russian River, Sonoma Valley, 750 ml. The Judging Panel described it as exhibiting:
Light strawberry and red fruit notes on the nose. Pronounced strawberry notes on the palate, smooth with very ripe, well-integrated tannins. Medium to long finish, with lingering strawberry notes.
The Best of Class Sweet red wine was Barefoot Cellars, Sweet Red, NV, 750 ml. The residual sugar level in the wine was 6.8%. The Official Tasting Notes called it:
Herbal aromas with ripe red fruits. Sweet on the palate with pronounced cherry notes. Very long finish, with lingering cherry notes and a touch of kirsch character.
The wines that took Best of Class awards at the NYWWC are all outstanding, and many represent exceptional values. These are definitely wines to stock up on for the holidays.
See the Tasting Alliance website for a complete list of all the 2022 New York World Wine Competition medalists.