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Schrader Double Diamond named Wine Spectator’s wine of the year 

By November 11, 2022Champagne, Fine Wine Market, Italy, USA
  • Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Double Diamond 2019 named wine of the year. 
  • Tignanello 2019 and Cristal 2014 were also listed in the top 10. 
  • Several announcements sparked secondary market trade. 

Wine Spectator magazine has unveiled its top 100 wines of 2022, featuring what it deems the standout wines tasted in any given year. 

The top 10 was revealed over the course of the week, culminating with the unveiling of Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Double Diamond 2019 as wine number one today (Friday 11th November). 

The publication said that its choice was: ‘An emphatic answer to the Napa Cabernet value question, punching above its weight while costing well below the triple-digit entry point for top-flight Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.’ 

Double Diamond is, in effect, a second wine in the Schrader Cellars portfolio though it uses fruit from the renowned To Kalon vineyard site in Oakville, albeit from young vines. 

‘For its compelling combination of quality and price in a category that is awash in expense-account bottlings, the Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Double Diamond 2019 is our Wine of the Year for 2022,’ said Wine Spectator. 

The wine has not yet traded on the secondary market this year but there are LIVE offers. 

The other wines listed in the top 10 were (in descending order):  

2. Fattoria dei Barbi, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2016 

3. Hyde de Villaine, Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2019 

4. Château Talbot 2019 

5. Tignanello 2019 

6. Robert Mondavi, Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, The Estates 2019  

7. Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2019 

8. Fattoria Le Pupille, Toscana Saffredi 2019 

9. Quilceda Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2018 

10. Louis Roederer, Cristal 2014 

Top-traded labels 

In many instances, the reveal of each new wine sparked an immediate response in the secondary market. Some wines suddenly saw a flurry of demand, and in a few cases wines traded at new highs. 

A few of the wines in the top 10 have already been among the year’s most-traded labels; notably Tignanello 2019 and Cristal 2014. 

Cristal 2014 for example has been the most-traded wine by volume this year and second top-traded by value. It was rated 98-points by Wine Spectator which said it, ‘reiterates its modern place in the world of fine wine with its most highly rated version ever from Wine Spectator’. 

Tignanello 2019 has been the most-traded Italian label in 2022 and the fourth by volume overall. It is a brand that ‘continues to be innovative and remain relevant and exciting’, said Wine Spectator, which rated it 96-points. 

We will cover the full secondary market reaction to the top 10 on Monday (14th November). 

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