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. 1988 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1988 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    98
    DEC
    The vines were five years old in 1988, the age at which the plants usually begin to show a natural balance and announce their sense of place. This is the official second year for M..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,660.00
  2. 1992 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1992 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    93
    WS
    Top 100 Wines of 1995* Better than the 1990 or '91 Masseto. Deep and profound Merlot exhibiting intense berry, mint and cassis aromas and flavors. Full-bodied but very elegant and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,110.00
  3. 1997 argiano solengo Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Argiano Solengo
    94
    RP
    The profound 1997 Solengo vino da tavola (a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon with a tiny dosage of Syrah) is spectacular. Opaque purple-colored, it displays a fabulously ..." Learn More
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    As low as $330.00
  4. 1997 castellare i sodi di san niccolo Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Castellare I Sodi di San Niccolo
    97
    AG
    The 1997 I Sodi di San Niccolo is wonderfully elegant, pure and silky. It remains very young, but is so polished that opening a bottle today is far from a crime. Dark red cherries,..." Learn More
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    As low as $170.00
  5. 1997 castello rampolla sammarco Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Castello Rampolla Sammarco
    97
    JS
    What a bottle. Off the charts! Full and velvety with spice and berry character and dark chocolate. Bright citrus acidity underneath. Intense. Wild fruit.James Suckling | 97 JSRich ..." Learn More
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    As low as $140.00
  6. 1997 ornellaia Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Ornellaia
    97
    JS
    Fruit and complexity as well as freshness and richness. Beautiful nose with extraordinary aromas of prunes, licorice, and dried flowers with rosemary undertones. Full-bodied and ve..." Learn More
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    As low as $445.00
  7. 1997 sassicaia Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Sassicaia
    94
    WS
    Dark ruby red. Blackberry, with lots of fresh herb and meat character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and loads of fresh fruit and tarragon. Dill flavors on the finish. Textbook..." Learn More
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    As low as $930.00
  8. 1997 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    98
    JS
    This is the first legendary Masseto. It shows a tangy and exciting character on the palate with dried berry and strawberry character. Fabulous and energetic acidity with firm tanni..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,175.00
  9. 1998 argiano solengo Super Tuscans/IGT
    1998 Argiano Solengo
    92
    WS
    Violet and berry aromas, with hints of toasted oak. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. Best after 2003. 2,080 cases made. Wine Spectator | 92 W..." Learn More
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    As low as $120.00
  10. 1999 isole e olena cepparello Super Tuscans/IGT
    1999 Isole e Olena Cepparello
    92
    WS
    Incredibly well-crafted red. Complex aromas of raspberries, vanilla and coffee. Medium-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, silky finish. A beauty. Best after 2004. 4,2..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  11. 1999 le macchiole merlot messorio Super Tuscans/IGT
    1999 Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio
    98
    RP
    The awesome, saturated purple-colored 1999 Messorio is a 100% Merlot aged 18 months in French oak prior to being bottled without filtration. The alcohol is a lofty 14.6% and the dr..." Learn More
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    As low as $415.00
  12. 1999 sassicaia Super Tuscans/IGT
    1999 Sassicaia
    93
    W&S
    No written review provided | 93 W&SThere is also a little deposit in the glass betraying a wine that is ageing, with the colour and tannin just starting to soften. It is in here, i..." Learn More
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    As low as $385.00
  13. 2001 le macchiole merlot messorio Super Tuscans/IGT
    2001 Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio
    96
    AG
    The 2001 Messorio is virtually impossible to fully appreciate in this setting because it is so many years away from maturity. The fruit is breathtaking in its beauty but remains qu..." Learn More
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    As low as $315.00
  14. 2001 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    100
    DEC
    Dense garnet in colour, this vintage of Masseto is restrained with a lavish elegance on the nose, displaying mint, milk, wild fennel (typical along the roads in Bolgheri), leather ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,715.00
  15. 2001 tua rita redigaffi Super Tuscans/IGT
    2001 Tua Rita Redigaffi
    97
    WS
    Really fantastic. Absolutely breathtaking, with blackberry, incense, dried fruit and spice. Full-bodied, with loads of black pepper and spice, refined tannins and a superlong finis..." Learn More
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    As low as $455.00
  16. 2004 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    100
    AG
    The 2004 Masseto, one of my personal favorites, is positively stellar. I have always adored the 2004 for its silky tannins, stunning aromatic presence and total finesse, all of whi..." Learn More
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    As low as $3,249.00
  17. 2005 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    2005 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    96
    JS
    This is a Masseto that is its own now with balance and harmony. It shows delicate chocolate and berry character with hints of hazelnut. Medium to full body. Long silky finish. Drin..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,659.00
  18. 2008 antinori tignanello Super Tuscans/IGT
    2008 Antinori Tignanello
    94
    AG
    The 2008 Tignanello is unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage. The 2008 isn't a huge or obvious Tignanello, rather it is a wine that impresses for its sublime elegance and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $149.00
  19. 2010 sassicaia Super Tuscans/IGT
    2010 Sassicaia
    97
    WE
    This supremely elegant and age-worthy Sassicaia opens with an intense bouquet of black cherry, Mediterranean herbs, blue flower, cedar and leather aromas. Powerful but graceful, th..." Learn More
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    As low as $189.00
  20. 2010 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    2010 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    98+
    AG
    The 2010 Masseto is powerful, heady and explosive, with tons of density and pedigree to burn. On the one hand, I am happy to check in on it tonight, but on the other hand, the 2010..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,805.00
  21. 2015 antinori solaia Super Tuscans/IGT
    2015 Antinori Solaia
    100
    JS
    The nose to this Solaia is truly phenomenal with currants, blackberries, roses and violets. So perfumed. Full-bodied and everything is in check and harmony with polished tannins th..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,155.00
  22. 2018 la massa igt giorgio primo Super Tuscans/IGT
    2018 La Massa IGT Giorgio Primo
    97
    AG
    The 2018 Giorgio Primo represents a new level of finesse at La Massa. Powerful and dense in the glass, with tremendous structure, Giorgio Primo is a terrific example of how compell..." Learn More
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    As low as $89.99
  23. 2019 bibi graetz testamatta Super Tuscan/IGT
    2019 Bibi Graetz Testamatta
    97
    JS
    Very attractive combination of dried fruit and spices with black cherries and plums. Aromas of flowers and sandalwood, too. Full-bodied and very refined, yet intense, with plush, v..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $89.99
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