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. 1985 dunn napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1985 Dunn Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
    94
    WS
    Intense and concentrated, packed with ripe cassis, cherry and currant flavors that are rich and elegant. The acidity and tannins are crisp and juicy, offering great potential for t..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $299.00
  2. 1986 dominus California Red
    1986 Dominus
    93
    RP
    I did not pick this out as Dominus in the blind tasting, largely because it came across as such a young, rich, blockbuster wine. One of the richest, densest, most concentrated offe..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
  3. 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
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    As low as $359.00
  4. 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
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    As low as $529.00
  5. 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
  6. 1988 silverado napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1988 Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $239.00
  7. 1992 diamond creek volcanic hill California Red
    1992 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $245.00
  8. 1992 spottswoode cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1992 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon
    99
    RP
    The year 1992 was the second most abundant year for Spottswoode, producing 5,713 cases, with the final blend 6% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. This was a classic N..." Learn More
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    As low as $375.00
  9. 1992 stags leap cabernet sauvignon cask 23 California Red
    1992 Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23
    96
    RP
    All of the other current and up-coming releases are outstanding. The 1992 Cask 23 (as of November 16, there were still magnums and 750 ml. formats available at the winery) boasts a..." Learn More
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    As low as $275.00
  10. 1994 etude cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1994 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon
    95
    RP
    Tony Soter's Cabernet Sauvignon has been a model of consistency. The awesomely rich 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon is another spectacular example of this splendid vintage. It possesses an..." Learn More
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    As low as $159.00
  11. 1995 araujo eisele cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1995 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon
    98
    RP
    I believe the 1995 is the finest produced under the Araujo regime. It is close to perfection. The wine combines extraordinary power and richness with remarkable complexity and fine..." Learn More
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    As low as $429.00
  12. 1995 spottswoode cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1995 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon
    97
    RP
    A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, and the last wine made by Pam Starr at Rombauer Vineyards, the 1995 offers worthy competition to the magnificent 1994, whic..." Learn More
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    As low as $289.00
  13. 1996 heitz cabernet sauvignon marthas vineyard California Red
    1996 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard
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    As low as $349.00
  14. 1996 pahlmeyer merlot California Red
    1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot
    97
    RP
    The 1996 Merlot (3,000 cases) is a worthy rival. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc tips the scales at a heady 14.6% alcohol. Could it b..." Learn More
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    As low as $249.00
  15. 1997 araujo eisele cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1997 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon
    92+
    VM
    Full ruby-red. Expressive nose combines black raspberry, currant, black cherry, chocolate, tobacco and sandalwood. Lush and sweet but fresh, with a firm edge of acidity giving shap..." Learn More
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    As low as $649.00
  16. 1997 caymus cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1997 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon
    91
    WE
    The bouquet is dark and serious, with brooding black-cherry, leather and cedar aromas. In the mouth, flavors of black plums, mint-menthol and tobacco—all with a foresty accen..." Learn More
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    As low as $215.00
  17. 1997 dunn cabernet sauvignon howell mtn California Red
    1997 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mtn
    96
    DEC
    At the peak of its powers, the 1997 Howell Mountain is bursting with black fruit, graphite, wood smoke and hints of tar and truffle. On the palate the wine is rich, plush and gener..." Learn More
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    As low as $269.00
  18. 1997 etude cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1997 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon
    96
    RP
    The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (1,800 cases), which will be released in October, ranks alongside the finest Tony Soter has produced. Don't miss it! Opaque purple-colored, with a gorge..." Learn More
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    As low as $175.00
  19. 1997 Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
    1997 Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
    98
    RP
    There are 10,200 cases of the remarkable 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. Opaque purple-colored with a dense, chewy, full-bodied personality, it displays abundant cassis, mineral, a..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $1,399.00
  20. 1997 opus one California Red
    1997 Opus One
    100
    DEC
    Jumps out of the glass, another one that stands out among the very best in the line-up; intense, well integrated flavours, blackberry, menthol, black olive, spiced rosemary and liq..." Learn More
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    As low as $670.00
  21. 1997 philip togni cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1997 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
    98
    RP
    The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon has to be one of the great buys left for profound Napa Cabernet. He’s done the aging for you, and of course the wine is still an adolescent in ter..." Learn More
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    As low as $845.00
  22. 1999 pahlmeyer merlot California Red
    1999 Pahlmeyer Merlot
    94
    WS
    A mouthful of wine that packs in lots of rich, deep, plush and concentrated flavors, with tiers of currant, blackberry, raspberry and wild berry fruit. Well-integrated tannins smoo..." Learn More
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    As low as $175.00
  23. 2001 quilceda creek cabernet sauvignon Washington Red
    2001 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
    97
    RP
    A smidge more evolved than the 2002, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, mostly from the famed Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Hea..." Learn More
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    As low as $229.00
  24. 2002 carter cabernet sauvignon beckstoffer vyd California Red
    2002 Carter Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vyd
    100
    RP
    A perfect wine, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard comes from further north in the Oakville Corridor on the valley floor. One of the youngest wines in this t..." Learn More
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    As low as $675.00
  25. 2002 quilceda creek cabernet sauvignon Washington Red
    2002 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
    98
    RP
    Almost as good as the 2003, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc that spent 22 months in 100% new French oak. Its youth..." Learn More
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    As low as $249.00
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