Popular Wines

Popular Wines
As magical and enigmatic as the world of wine can be, it’s not always easy to find your way around. Every day, inexperienced wine enthusiasts try to explore new blends and end up with a shopping list that their budget simply cannot support. Every high-quality wine is a unique, important experience, one that opens a person’s taste palate to a whole new world of flavor and pleasure. Something primal awakens within, urging you to find new and more compelling aromas and textures. But with so much to choose from, where do you begin?

When it comes to wine, popular blends are relatively common for a reason. They serve as an excellent entry point into the world of fine wine, and studying them lets you understand more obscure, complicated wines out there. A collection has to start somewhere, and these blends are often easier to get and help you develop your taste. Imagine bonding with your friends and family over a brand you’re all familiar with and able to appreciate to its fullest. Good wine offers something new, yet vaguely familiar with each glass, as your mouth picks up on subtleties in the liquid that tempt you further and inspire thought and introspection, uncorking new conversation topics and improving the mood no matter the situation.

If you’re looking for safe picks, you want to set your sights on quality brands from Italy, France, and Spain. A glass of sultry Sangiovese or Trebbiano Toscano can liven up a family meal and impress even the stuffiest guests while being a perfect partner to any traditional Italian dish you can think of. One taste of a Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay is enough to let France stand out as a breeding ground of divine, elegant elixirs that can fit the taste of any enthusiast. Meanwhile, Spain offers powerful blends such as Garnacha, Bobal, or Tempranillo, helping you create memorable moments out of even the most ordinary evening. And this is only scratching the surface.

Our goal is to introduce you to popular, tested brands the same way we would introduce you to a potential soulmate. With the right mood and some good timing, you can develop a healthy, pleasurable relationship with wine that lasts a lifetime.

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  1. 1986 joseph phelps insignia California Red
    1986 Joseph Phelps Insignia
    94
    RP
    This surprisingly rich, dark garnet-colored Insignia displays notes of cedarwood, tobacco leaf, black currants, graphite and damp earth. Medium to full-bodied with remarkable densi..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $359.00
  2. 1986 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1986 La Mission Haut Brion
    97
    WS
    An extremely impressive, yet slightly hard wine; still closed, but could be as great as the 1952. Dark ruby in color and very aromatic, with a rich cherry aromas. Full-bodied, with..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $470.00
  3. 1986 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1986 Lafite Rothschild
    100
    DEC
    We are in perfectly-aged claret territory here, the most beautiful impression of a wine at its plateau. It's perfectly ready to drink and is still generous, with a long life ahead ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,745.00
  4. 1986 latour Bordeaux Red
    1986 Latour
    91
    RP
    The 1986 Latour has a deep ruby/purple color, and a moderately intense bouquet of mineral-scented, blackcurrant fruit intermixed with the classic walnut scents that seem to emerge ..." Learn More
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    As low as $380.00
  5. 1986 leoville barton Bordeaux Red
    1986 Leoville Barton
    97
    DEC
    Anthony Barton had been running Léoville Barton for three years at this point, but in 1986 - the year that his uncle Ronald died (after a tenure that had begun back in 1924)..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $225.00
  6. 1986 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1986 Leoville Las Cases
    100
    DEC
    Michel Delon, then owner, believed this to be the greatest wine he ever made. It's not often the case that wines with this much expectation riding on them live up to the hype, but ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $669.00
  7. 1986 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    1986 Lynch Bages
    94
    RP
    The 1986 is finally emerging from the dormant stage that many of the wines from this vintage (especially the Medocs) have been going through. It is a full-bodied, still backward wi..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $570.00
  8. 1986 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1986 Margaux
    98+
    AG
    The 1986 Chateau Margaux was even more emotionally moving. Still incredibly youthful, it showed incredible focus and depth, all backed up by considerable structure. As hard as it m..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $899.00
  9. 1986 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1986 Montrose
    98
    DEC
    (Château Montrose, St-Estèphe, Red) This is a masterclass in the ageing aromas of Bordeaux. It sits exactly at the spot at which you still have a tightening and a ment..." Learn More
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    As low as $205.00
  10. 1986 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1986 Mouton Rothschild
    100
    DEC
    Wonderful, concentrated and still astonishingly young, this has brushes of violet aromatics rising above the tight cassis fruits and rich black truffle, and the classic menthol edg..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $670.00
  11. 1986 pape clement Bordeaux Red
    1986 Pape Clement
    92+
    JG
    The 1986 Pape Clément was the first vintage of this wine in many years to garner any positive attention from Robert Parker, and the early promise it showed out of the blocks..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $215.00
  12. 1986 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1986 Petrus
    92
    WS
    Dark red, with an amber edge. Aromas of chocolate, stewed berries, Merlot and raisins. Full-bodied, velvety and rich. Lovely palate. Delicious now, but will hold on. An autumnal wi..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $3,805.00
  13. 1986 trotanoy Bordeaux Red
    1986 Trotanoy
    93
    WS
    This wine has a long life ahead of it. There are chocolate aromas and rich, elegant fruit on the palate. It is well balanced with good backbone and a long finish.--Trotanoy vertica..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $300.00
  14. 1987 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1987 Haut Brion
    ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $530.00
  15. 1987 heitz cabernet sauvignon marthas vineyard California Red
    1987 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard
    96
    JG
    (Cabernet Sauvignon “Martha’s Vineyard”- Heitz Wine Cellars) The 1987 Martha’s Vineyard hails back to the time when the labels stated 13.5 percent alcohol, ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $529.00
  16. 1987 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1987 Lafite Rothschild
    ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,015.00
  17. 1987 Mouton Rothschild
    1987 Mouton Rothschild
    91
    JG
    (Château Mouton-Rothschild) This was the last vintage to be made by the Baron de Rothschild, and I have always had a sneaky suspicion that the 1987 may have been made a bit m..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $1,285.00
  18. 1987 produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Barbaresco
    1987 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
    ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $125.00
  19. 1987 silverado napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1987 Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
    92
    WS
    Smooth, ripe and harmonious, with layers of black cherry, plum, currant and anise, finishing with a smooth texture and a long, lingering aftertaste.--1987 California Cabernet horiz..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $239.00
  20. 1988 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1988 Cheval Blanc
    93
    WS
    Berry, cherry and chocolate on the nose, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a spicy, cedary, dark chocolate aftertaste. Very silky and caressing. Grabs your ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $770.00
  21. 1988 clerc milon Bordeaux Red
    1988 Clerc Milon
    92
    WS
    Very ripe forest fruits, with cèpe and other mushrooms. A little reserved. Turns to currant with air. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and big, velvety tannins. Persi..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  22. 1988 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    1988 Cos D'Estournel
    92
    WS
    Beautiful aromas of fresh herbs, such as tarragon and mint, with berry and cherry undertones. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins that are polished and very pretty. Caressing..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $289.00
  23. 1988 dyquem Dessert White
    1988 d'Yquem
    99
    RP
    The 1988 is a backward-styled Yquem, built along the lines of the extraordinary 1975. With a honeyed, smoky, orange/coconut/pineapple-scented nose, this powerful wine possesses ful..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $299.00
  24. 1988 felsina fontalloro Super Tuscan/IGT
    1988 Felsina Fontalloro
    93
    WS
    A superbly structured wine, with impressive aromas and flavors of violets, berries and mint. Its full body and super tannins set up well for the concentrated, fruity finish. Try af..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $140.00
  25. 1988 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1988 Haut Brion
    98
    WS
    The wine of the vintage and one of the greatest Haut-Brions ever made. Superpowerful and ripe, with masses of spice, mint and berry character. Full-bodied, with full yet polished t..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $700.00
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