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 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva La Storica
    1985 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva La Storica
    99
    VM
    It’s almost impossible to imagine that the 1985 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva La Storica has just celebrated its thirty-sixth birthday. It displays a brilliant ruby red colo..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,399.00
  2. 1990 lisini brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1990 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino
    90
    WS
    A big and muscular wine with plenty of berry, cherry, mineral character and just the right amount of new wood as accent. Full-bodied, with full tannins and a fresh finish. Better i..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  3. 1995 altesino brunello di montalcino montosoli Brunello
    1995 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli
    96
    WS
    Monster Brunello. Very dark in color, withsuperripe aromas of black licorice, dried plum,mint and meat. Full-bodied, with masses of velvetytannins and a long, long finish. Best ver..." Learn More
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    As low as $140.00
  4. 1995 altesino brunello di montalcino riserva Brunello
    1995 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
    92
    WS
    Bright, with floral, raspberry and mineral character. Full-bodied, with silky, firm tannins and a long finish. Needs a bit of bottle age. Altesino does it again. Best after 2002. 2..." Learn More
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    As low as $130.00
  5. 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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    As low as $99.95
  6. 1996 banfi brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1996 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
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    As low as $84.95
  7. 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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    As low as $99.95
  8. 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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    As low as $99.95
  9. 1999 biondi santi brunello di montalcino riserva Brunello
    1999 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
    94
    WS
    Exhibits fine depth and complexity, showing hints of licorice and tar in addition to the core flavor of cherry. Shows ample power, building to a long aftertaste of cherry, tobacco ..." Learn More
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    As low as $585.00
  10. 2001 biondi santi brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2001 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino
    96
    WE
    Immediately, you know you are before a great Brunello with bright fruit aromas backed by forest floor, balsam notes, bramble, blue flowers, red apple and mint. The presence of wood..." Learn More
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    As low as $215.00
  11. 2001 la poderina brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2001 La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino
    93
    WS
    Beautiful blackberry and spice, with hints of coffee. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a gorgeous finish. Seductive. Best after 2009. 3,900 cases made.Wine Spectator | 93 WSThe e..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.95
  12. 2010 renieri brunello di montalcino riserva Brunello
    2010 Renieri Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
    100
    JS
    A young Brunello with precision and complexity showing violets, blackberries, bramble berries, tea leaf and minerals. Stone undertones, too. Full body, a compressed palate and firm..." Learn More
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    As low as $255.00
  13. 2013 il marroneto bdm riserva madonna delle grazia Brunello
    2013 Il Marroneto BdM Riserva Madonna Delle Grazia
    99
    RP
    The stunning 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna Delle Grazie is a protagonist of the vintage. This growing season has produced a collection of iconic wines, and to my pala..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,249.00
  14. 2015 costanti brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2015 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino
    98
    WE
    Fragrant and all about finesse, this gorgeous wine opens with enticing aromas of blue flower, forest floor, wild berry and a whiff of eucalyptus. It's linear and elegant, deliverin..." Learn More
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    As low as $89.99
  15. 2015 la colombina brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2015 La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino
    93
    JS
    Earthy truffles and porcini mushrooms on the nose here. Dried herbs and leather, too. It’s full-bodied with delicious dried cherries, blackberries and mushrooms. Wonderful de..." Learn More
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    As low as $39.99
  16. 2015 renieri brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2015 Renieri Brunello di Montalcino
    100
    JS
    Earthy aromas of bark, sand, truffles, graphite, rust, terracotta and sandalwood rise up from the deep with Burgundian poise; fruitier orange zest and preserved lemons glimmer in t..." Learn More
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    As low as $105.00
  17. 2015 soldera toscana Super Tuscan/IGT
    2015 Soldera Toscana
    96
    AG
    Soldera’s 2015 Sangiovese is superb. The aromatics alone are pure seduction. Sweet floral notes, cedar, tobacco and a hint of spice open first. Deceptively medium in body, th..." Learn More
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    As low as $699.00
  18. 2016 altesino brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2016 Altesino Brunello Di Montalcino
    95+
    JD
    The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino has remarkably consistent integration from the nose to the palate. There are generous aromatics of fresh raspberry, rosemary, lavender and Mediterra..." Learn More
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    As low as $49.99
  19. 2016 argiano brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2016 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
    97
    JS
    A very polished red with cloves and caramel, on top of black cherries, mushrooms and forest floor. Black olives, too. It's full-bodied with polished tannins and lovely depth all th..." Learn More
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    As low as $52.95
  20. 2016 caprili brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2016 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino
    96
    WE
    Classic Sangiovese aromas of wild berry, forest floor, rose and new leather waft out of the glass along with whiffs of camphor. Delicious and smooth, the elegantly structured palat..." Learn More
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    As low as $45.95
  21. 2016 casanova di neri brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2016 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino
    95
    DEC
    The 2016 vintage was marked by significant day and nighttime temperature differences. Gianlorenzo Neri says this was particularly pronounced in Montalcino’s northeast, where ..." Learn More
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    As low as $57.95
  22. 2016 casanova di neri brunello tenuta nuova Brunello
    2016 Casanova di Neri Brunello Tenuta Nuova
    99
    JS
    Aromas of blackberries, cherries, violets and bark with mahogany. It’s full-bodied and chewy with intense tannins that are layered and focused. The fruit is pure and purposef..." Learn More
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    As low as $239.00
  23. 2016 ciacci piccolomini brunello di mont pianrosso Brunello
    2016 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello di Mont Pianrosso
    98
    JS
    Lots going on here with black plums, ripe cherries, cedar, smoke and cocoa on the nose. Ash, chocolate, crushed walnuts and some praline. Mushrooms. This has firm, ripe tannins and..." Learn More
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    As low as $189.00
  24. 2016 cordella brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2016 Cordella Brunello Di Montalcino
    95
    JS
    Gently perfumed with lavender, cedar and ripe blackberries. It's full-bodied and smooth with ripe tannins. Just the right amount of chewiness. Lovely chocolate and hazelnut notes o..." Learn More
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    As low as $44.95
  25. 2016 fanti brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2016 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino
    95
    JS
    A red with dark cherry, plum and hints of milk chocolate on the nose and palate. It’s full-bodied with layers of fruit and velvety tannins. Flavorful, if a bit tight at the f..." Learn More
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    As low as $39.99
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