2020 Governor's Cup Awards

Congratulations to all the winners of this year's Governor's Cup! This post is courtesy of the Garden State Wine Growers Association.

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The Governor’s Cup award winners and Best in Class awards for the NJ Wine Competition were announced Sept 30, 2020 by the Garden State Wine Growers Association and Governor Murphy during a Zoom call with media and industry representatives.  For the third consecutive year the wines in the competition were judged by the esteemed Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) in Illinois headed by Jerald O’Kennard. BTI was able to judge the wines using their own internal social-distance protocols. NJ Wines were submitted for judging from April through the end of August. There were 128 wines entered in the competition from 19 different wineries.


Award Winners

Governor’s Cup for Best Red Vinifera:  95 • Sharrott Winery (NJ) 2018 Merlot, Hammonton, Outer Coastal Plain

Governor’s Cup for Best White Vinifera: 93 • Beneduce Vineyards (NJ) 2019 Tuxedo, Pittstown, Hunterdon County

Governor’s Cup for Best Dessert Wine: 92 • William Heritage  (NJ) 2017 Late Harvest, Semillon, Mullica Hill, Outer Coastal Plain 17% reserved sugar



Best in Class Winners:

Fortified Wine: 93 • Auburn Road Vineyard Vintage Ruby Fortified Wine, Chambourcin, Pilesgrove, Outer Coastal Plain 8% reserved sugar

Fruit Wine: 88 • Isaac Smith 2019 Apple Wine, Cape May Winery, Cape May Peninsula

Red Wine: 95 • Sharrott Winery (NJ) 2018 Merlot, Hammonton, Outer Coastal Plain

Best Hybrid Red: 90 • Bellview Winery 2018 Estate Bottled Chambourcin, Landisville, Outer Coastal Plain

Best Rosé Wine: 90 • Working Dog Winery 2019 Equinox Estate Bottled Rosé, East Windsor, Mercer County

Best Sparkling Wine: 93 • William Heritage  (NJ) 2017 Blanc De Blancs, Mullica Hill, Outer Coastal Plain

Best  Dessert Wine: 92 • William Heritage  (NJ) 2017 Late Harvest, Semillon, Mullica Hill, Outer Coastal Plain 17% reserved sugar

Best Vinifera White Wine: 93 • Beneduce Vineyards (NJ) 2019 Tuxedo, Pittstown, Hunterdon County

Best Hybrid White Wine: 89 • Bellview Winery (NJ) 2019 Estate Bottled, Traminette, Landisville, Outer Coastal Plain



Red Wines:

95 • Sharrott Winery (NJ) 2018 Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain. $25 Gold Medal – Best Red Wine, Best in Show Overall – 2020 Best NJ Red Wine

94 • Coda Rossa (NJ) 2018 Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain. $16 Gold Medal & Cellar Selection and Best Buy

93 • Palmaris (NJ) 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain. $40 Gold Medal

93 • Beneduce Vineyards (NJ) 2017 Centerfold, Pinot Noir, Hunterdon County. $38 Gold Medal

93 • Working Dog Winery (NJ) 2017 Estate Bottled, Cabernet Franc, New Jersey. $26.99 Gold Medal

93 • Auburn Road (NJ) NV Volume One, Petit Verdot, Outer Coastal Plain. $45 Gold Medal

93 • Cape May (NJ) 2017 Pinot Noir, Cape May Penninsula. $22 Gold Medal

92 • Palmaris (NJ) 2016 Reserve, Petit Verdot, Outer Coastal Plain. $30 Gold Medal

92 • White Horse Winery (NJ) 2017 Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain. $42 Gold Medal

92 • Amalthea Cellars (NJ) 2017 Legends Edition Europa II, New Jersey. $32.99 Gold Medal

92 • Amalthea (NJ) 2017 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, New Jersey. $26.99 Gold Medal

91 • Auburn Road (NJ) 2015 Eidólon, Outer Coastal Plain. $19 Gold Medal

91 • Sharrott Winery (NJ) 2019 Coia Vineyards, Blaufrankisch, Outer Coastal Plain. $26 Gold Medal

91 • Cape May (NJ) 2017 Red Meritage, Outer Coastal Plain. $18 Gold Medal & Best Buy

91 • Coda Rossa (NJ) 2018 Coeur D’Est Red Blend, Other Red, Outer Coastal Plain. $17 Gold Medal & Best Buy

90 • Beneduce Vineyards (NJ) 2017 Blue 2, Blaufrankisch, Hunterdon County. $36 Gold Medal

90 • Bellview Winery (NJ) 2018 Estate Bottled, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain. $18 Gold Medal – 2020 Best New Jersey Hybrid Red

90 • Jessie Creek (NJ) 2019 Concord, American. Gold Medal

89 • Palmaris (NJ) 2017 Reserve, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain. $28 Silver Medal

89 • Working Dog Winery (NJ) 2017 Estate Bottled, Merlot, New Jersey. $13 Silver Medal

89 • White Horse Winery (NJ) 2018 Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain. $18 Silver Medal

89 • Auburn Road (NJ) 2016 Gaia, Outer Coastal Plain. $19 Silver Medal

89 • Coda Rossa (NJ) 2018 1526 Red Blend, Other Red, Outer Coastal Plain. $17 Silver Medal

88 • William Heritage (NJ) 2017 BDX, Outer Coastal Plain. $50 Silver Medal

88 • Salem Oak Vineyards (NJ) NV Shane Michael, Petite Sirah, Outer Coastal Plain. $20.99 Silver Medal

88 • Sky Acres (NJ) 2016 Petite Syrah, American. $25 Silver Medal

88 • Cape May (NJ) 2017 Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain. $20 Silver Medal

87 • Palmaris (NJ) 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain. $40 Silver Medal

87 • Beneduce Vineyards (NJ) 2017 Cabernet Franc, Hunterdon County. $32 Silver Medal

87 • Working Dog Winery (NJ) 2017 Estate Bottled, Syrah, New Jersey. $26.99 Silver Medal

87 • Auburn Road (NJ) 2016 Giulia, Outer Coastal Plain. $17 Silver Medal

87 • Fox Hollow Vineyards (NJ) 2017 Cabernet Franc, New Jersey. $28 Silver Medal

87 • Sky Acres (NJ) 2018 Black River Red, Marechal Foch, New Jersey. $20 Silver Medal

87 • Sharrott Winery (NJ) NV Tango Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain. $19 Silver Medal

87 • Amalthea (NJ) 2017 Legends Edition Europa III, New Jersey. $32.99 Silver Medal

87 • Amalthea (NJ) 2017 Reserve, Merlot, New Jersey. $26.99 Silver Medal

86 • Beneduce Vineyards (NJ) 2017 Shotgun Red, Hunterdon County 2.4% rs. $16 Silver Medal

86 • Auburn Road (NJ) NV Peaceful Warrior First Chakra, Outer Coastal Plain. $16 Silver Medal

86 • Sharrott Winery (NJ) 2019 Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain. $25 Silver Medal

86 • Bellview Winery (NJ) 2018 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain. $28 Silver Medal

85 • William Heritage (NJ) 2019 Carbonic Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain. $30 Silver Medal

85 • Sky Acres (NJ) 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, American. $20 Silver Medal

85 • Amalthea (NJ) 2017 Clone II, Cabernet Sauvignon, New Jersey. $27.99 Silver Medal

83 • Blue Cork (NJ) 2018 Williamstown Reserve, Outer Coastal Plain. $29.99 Bronze Medal

82 • Jessie Creek (NJ) 2019 Berry Merlot, Merlot, American. Bronze Medal

80 • Blue Cork (NJ) 2018 Petit Verdot, Outer Coastal Plain. $26.99 Bronze Medal



Rosé

90 • Working Dog Winery (NJ) 2019 Equinox Estate Bottled Dry Rosé, New Jersey. $19.99 Gold Medal – 2020 Best NJ Rosé Wine

84 • Unionville Vineyards (NJ) 2019 Hunterdon Mistral Rosé, Hunterdon County. $24.95 Bronze Medal

84 • Auburn Road (NJ) 2019 Dry Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain. $19 Bronze Medal

84 • Auburn Road (NJ) 2019 Rosalita Blush, Outer Coastal Plain 3.25% rs. $15 Bronze Medal

84 • Fox Hollow Vineyards (NJ) 2019 Pink Flamingo Rosé, New Jersey. $28 Bronze Medal

84 • Sharrott Winery (NJ) NV Dry Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain. $18 Bronze Medal

83 • William Heritage (NJ) 2019 Grenache Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain. $28 Bronze Medal

81 • Frightened Turtle (NJ) NV Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain. $16 Bronze Medal

81 • White Horse Winery (NJ) 2019 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain. $19 Bronze Medal

81 • White Horse Winery (NJ) NV Painted Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain. $21 Bronze Medal



White 

93 • Beneduce Vineyards (NJ) 2019 Tuxedo, Hunterdon County. $40 Gold Medal – 2020 Governor’s Cup, Best New Jersey Vinifera White

90 • Blue Cork (NJ) 2017 Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain. $21.99 Gold Medal

90 • William Heritage (NJ) 2019 Pumpkin Hill Vineyard, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain. $35 Gold Medal

89 • Beneduce Vineyards (NJ) 2019 Three Windows White, Hunterdon County 1.1% rs. $24 Silver Medal

89 • White Horse Winery (NJ) 2019 Estate, Albarino, Outer Coastal Plain. $25 Silver Medal

89 • White Horse Winery (NJ) 2019 Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain. $29 Silver Medal

89 • Bellview Winery (NJ) 2019 Estate Bottled, Traminette, Outer Coastal Plain. $15 Silver Medal & Best Buy – 2020 Best New Jersey Hybrid White

88 • Working Dog Winery (NJ) 2019 Estate Bottled, Pinot Gris, New Jersey. $21.99 Silver Medal

88 • White Horse Winery (NJ) 2019 Estate, Traminette, Outer Coastal Plain. $18 Silver Medal

88 • Fox Hollow Vineyards (NJ) 2019 Derby White, New Jersey. $28 Silver Medal

88 • Sharrott Winery (NJ) 2019 Barrel Reserve, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain. $25 Silver Medal

88 • Bellview Winery (NJ) 2018 Estate Bottled, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain. $18 Silver Medal

87 • Salem Oak Vineyards (NJ) NV Sweet Caroline, New Jersey. $19.99 Silver Medal

87 • Salem Oak Vineyards (NJ) NV Luke, New Jersey. $16.99 Silver Medal

87 • Auburn Road (NJ) 2019 Solé, Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain. $16 Silver Medal

87 • Auburn Road (NJ) 2019 The White Bottle, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain. $19 Silver Medal

87 • Fox Hollow Vineyards (NJ) 2018 Chardonnay, New Jersey. $28 Silver Medal

87 • Fox Hollow Vineyards (NJ) 2018 Belle Fleur, New Jersey. Silver Medal

86 • Beneduce Vineyards (NJ) 2019 Gewurztraminer, Hunterdon County. $27 Silver Medal

86 • Working Dog Winery (NJ) 2019 Traminette, New Jersey. $18.99 Silver Medal

86 • White Horse Winery (NJ) 2018 Estate, Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain. $25 Silver Medal

86 • White Horse Winery (NJ) 2019 Estate, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain. $19 Silver Medal

86 • Sharrott Winery (NJ) 2019 Estate Reserve, Vignoles, Outer Coastal Plain. $19 Silver Medal

85 • Blue Cork (NJ) 2019 White, Outer Coastal Plain. $15.99 Silver Medal

85 • Working Dog Winery (NJ) 2019 Estate Bottled, Viognier, New Jersey. $29.99 Silver Medal

85 • Auburn Road (NJ) 2019 blancNU, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain. $17 Silver Medal

85 • Auburn Road (NJ) 2019 Pinot Grigio, Outer Coastal Plain. $17 Silver Medal

85 • Fox Hollow Vineyards (NJ) 2019 Petit Manseng, New Jersey. $25 Silver Medal

85 • Fox Hollow Vineyards (NJ) 2018 Mariposa, New Jersey. $22 Silver Medal

84 • Palmaris (NJ) 2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain. $25 Bronze Medal

84 • Tomasello (NJ) 2019 Aromella, Outer Coastal Plain. $17 Bronze Medal

84 • Frightened Turtle (NJ) NV Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain. $16 Bronze Medal

84 • Beneduce Vineyards (NJ) 2019 Chardonnay, Hunterdon County. $30 Bronze Medal

84 • White Horse Winery (NJ) NV Painted White, Outer Coastal Plain. $22 Bronze Medal

84 • Sky Acres (NJ) 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, American. $15 Bronze Medal

84 • Sharrott Winery (NJ) 2018 Unoaked, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain. $19 Bronze Medal

84 • Cape May (NJ) 2019 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Cape May Penninsula. $24 Bronze Medal

83 • Beneduce Vineyards (NJ) 2019 Dry Riesling, Hunterdon County. $30 Bronze Medal

83 • Working Dog Winery (NJ) 2019 Riesling, New Jersey. $23.99 Bronze Medal

83 • Cape May (NJ) 2019 Vidal Blanc, New Jersey. $18 Bronze Medal

82 • Salem Oak Vineyards (NJ) NV Juliamarie, New Jersey. $19.99 Bronze Medal

82 • Blue Cork (NJ) 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain. $21.99 Bronze Medal

82 • Amalthea (NJ) 2017 Sur Lie, Chardonnay, New Jersey. $24.99 Bronze Medal

81 • William Heritage (NJ) 2019 Semillon, Outer Coastal Plain. $20 Bronze Medal



Sparkling 

93 • William Heritage (NJ) 2017 Blanc De Blancs, Outer Coastal Plain. $40 Gold Medal – 2020 Best New Jersey Sparkling Wine

91 • Bellview Winery (NJ) NV Pet Nat, Outer Coastal Plain. $20 Gold Medal

90 • Tomasello (NJ) NV Sparkling Rkatsiteli, Outer Coastal Plain. $18 Gold Medal

82 • William Heritage (NJ) 2019 Pét-Nat Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain. $35 Bronze Medal



Sweet 

92 • William Heritage (NJ) 2017 Late Harvest, Semillon, Outer Coastal Plain 17% rs. $40/375 ml Gold Medal – 2020 Governor’s Cup Best New Jersey Dessert Wine

89 • Beneduce Vineyards (NJ) 2017 White Space, Riesling, Hunterdon County 22.1% rs. $45 Silver Medal

88 • Salem Oak Vineyards (NJ) NV Analise, Concord, New Jersey 6% rs. $19.99 Silver Medal



Fortified 

93 • Auburn Road (NJ) 2017 Vintage Ruby Fortified Wine, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 8% rs. $23/500 ml Gold Medal 2020 Best New Jersey Fortified Wine

89 • Unionville Vineyards (NJ) NV Vat #25 Port, Chambourcin, Hunterdon County 6% rs. $33.95/500 ml Silver Medal

89 • Tomasello (NJ) NV Blueberry Forté, Atlantic County 4% rs. $22/375 ml Silver Medal

88 • Isaac Smith (NJ) NV Red Domestic Port-Style Wine, New Jersey. $29/500 ml Silver Medal

88 • Bellview Winery (NJ) NV Batch No. 3 Port, Outer Coastal Plain. $28 Silver Medal

84 • Isaac Smith (NJ) 2019 White Domestic Port-Style Wine, New Jersey. $21/375 ml Bronze Medal

83 • Fallout (NJ) NV Fortified Peach Wine, Outer Coastal Plain 8% rs. $18/500 ml Bronze Medal

82 • Fallout (NJ) NV Fortified Apple Wine, Outer Coastal Plain. $18/500 ml Bronze Medal



Fruit 

88 • Isaac Smith (NJ) 2019 Apple Wine, Outer Coastal Plain. $14 Silver Medal & Best Buy – 2020 Best New Jersey Fruit Wine 

87 • Sunny Slope (NJ) NV Peach Wine, Outer Coastal Plain 4% rs. $11 Silver Medal

86 • Sunny Slope (NJ) NV Apple Wine, Outer Coastal Plain 4% rs. $11 Silver Medal

84 • Auburn Road (NJ) 2019 Hill Creek Apple Wine, Outer Coastal Plain 4.5% rs. $13 Bronze Medal

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