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. 1983 climens Dessert White
    1983 Climens
    95
    WS
    Beautifully crafted, plump, very long and complex. Medium gold, lush and si lky, with lemon, fig, apricot, pear, and a particualrly elegant balance of acidity, fruit and wood. Powe..." Learn More
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    As low as $75.00
  2. 1983 la lagune Bordeaux Red
    1983 La Lagune
    91+
    JG
    (Château La Lagune) Prior to our tasting in October, I had not crossed paths with a bottle of the ’83 La Lagune since the early years of the 1990s, and the wine has age..." Learn More
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  3. 1983 produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Barbaresco
    1983 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
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  4. 1985 grand puy ducasse Bordeaux Red
    1985 Grand Puy Ducasse
    90
    WS
    Very pretty plum, cherry and cedar flavors in a sleek, elegant, well define ins are supple and in proportion.Wine Spectator | 90 WS..." Learn More
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  5. 1994 chateau la dominique Bordeaux Red
    1994 Chateau La Dominique
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  6. 1995 argiano brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1995 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
    93
    VM
    The bouquet of the 1995 Brunello di Montalcino is deep and intense, offering raspberry sauce, cinnamon, dusty rosy and smoke. This is silky-smooth and elegant in feel with ripe red..." Learn More
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  7. 1995 brumont boucasse vieilles vignes madiran France (Other)
    1995 Brumont Boucasse Vieilles Vignes Madiran
    91
    WS
    Gorgeous aromas of roasted coffee and vanilla yield to flavors of cassis, chocolate and tobacco in this massive, backward wine. Its wall of tannin needs to be resolved, but the con..." Learn More
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  8. 1995 fanti brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1995 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino
    90
    RP
    The 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is exceptional. The color is a deep plum/garnet, and the wine exhibits a full-bodied sweetness with notes of balsam wood, black cherries, sm..." Learn More
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  9. 1995 Maucaillou
    1995 Maucaillou
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  10. 1995 sociando mallet Bordeaux Red
    1995 Sociando Mallet
    91
    VM
    The 1995 Sociando-Mallet is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc picked between September 14 and 26. It has a fragrant bouquet of th..." Learn More
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  11. 1996 banfi brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1996 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
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  12. 1996 brumont boucasse vieilles vignes madiran France (Other)
    1996 Brumont Boucasse Vieilles Vignes Madiran
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  13. 1996 climens Dessert White
    1996 Climens
    92
    JG
    (Château Climens (Barsac)) The 1996 Climens is a very lovely bottle of wine, but it can not quite match the complexity of a more heavily botrytized vintage such as 2005. The ..." Learn More
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  14. 1997 clos de loratoire Bordeaux Red
    1997 Clos De L'Oratoire
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  15. 1997 col dorcia brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1997 Col D'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
    94
    VM
    Understated at first, the 1997 Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino pulls you close to the glass, showing black cherry, hints of sage and crushed stone, blossoming further and ..." Learn More
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  16. 1997 Conterno Fantino Barolo Parussi
    1997 Conterno Fantino Barolo Parussi
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  17. 1997 fonseca Port
    1997 Fonseca
    95
    W&S
    No written review provided | 95 W&SFull saturated ruby. Inky, brooding aromas of syrupy black fruits and violet. Dense, thick and tactile, with superb depth of flavor and compellin..." Learn More
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  18. 1997 grahams vintage port Port
    1997 Grahams Vintage Port
    94
    WS
    Still a bit compact, as the core of warm steeped fig, blackberry and black currant fruit hasn't stretched out fully yet. However, there's so much warm toffee, toasted peanut and si..." Learn More
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  19. 1997 warres vintage port Port
    1997 Warre's Vintage Port
    94
    WS
    Dark in profile, with warm buckwheat, singed juniper and espresso notes leading off, backed by warm black currant and fig compote flavors. Has heft, but the brambly undertow is eas..." Learn More
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  20. 1998 climens Dessert White
    1998 Climens
    91
    WS
    Plenty of dried apricots, with cream and vanilla on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a tart tartine and vanilla cream aftertaste, with hints of tea. Drink now. 2,300 ca..." Learn More
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  21. 1998 lamborghini campoleone rosso Italy (Other)
    1998 Lamborghini Campoleone Rosso
    91
    RP
    The 1998 Campoleone, is a blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Sangiovese. Just under 1,000 cases were produced. It is an impressive, exceptional effort. An opaque ..." Learn More
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  22. 1998 poggio antico brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1998 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino
    91
    WS
    Gorgeous aromas of berries, cherries and fresh porcini turn floral after a few minutes in the glass. Full-bodied, with a lovely silky tannin structure and a long, rich and subtle f..." Learn More
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  23. 1999 clos de loratoire Bordeaux Red
    1999 Clos de L'Oratoire
    91
    RP
    This opaque purple-colored St.-Emilion is one of the starts of the vintage. The wine exhibits aromas of new saddle leather, damp earth, blackberries, incense, cassis, and toast. An..." Learn More
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    As low as $90.00
  24. 1999 Falesco Marciliano
    1999 Falesco Marciliano
    94
    RP
    The first vintage of Riccardo Cotarella's newest baby is the 1999 Marciliano. Aged 16 months in 100% new French oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, this 70% Cabernet Sauvignon..." Learn More
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  25. 1999 falesco montiano Italy (Other)
    1999 Falesco Montiano
    95
    RP
    The profound, dense ruby/purple-colored 1999 Montiano (2,500 cases of 100% Merlot aged in 100% new French oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered) offers a smorgasbord of aromas, i..." Learn More
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