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. 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
  4. 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
  5. 1998 radikon merlot Italy (Other)
    1998 Radikon Merlot
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    As low as $215.00
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 2015 chateau carignan cadillac cotes de bordeaux prima Bordeaux Red
    2015 Chateau Carignan Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux 'Prima'
    93
    JS
    Blackcurrants, chocolate and violets follow through to a full body, round and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Beautiful merlot from old vines. Needs two or three years to sof..." Learn More
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    As low as $22.99
  12. 2018 chateau sergant Bordeaux Red
    2018 Chateau Sergant
    93
    VM
    The 2018 Sergant, which impressed from barrel, has a captivating bouquet of precise black cherry, wild strawberry and rose petal aromas that waft from the glass. The palate is well..." Learn More
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    As low as $23.95
  13. 2019 Mazzei Castello di Fonterutoli Siepi
    2019 Mazzei Castello di Fonterutoli Siepi
    99
    AG
    The 2019 Siepi continues a trend towards greater finesse and nuance in this wine. Crème de cassis, lavender, spice, licorice and plum meld together effortlessly in the glass..." Learn More
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    As low as $99.99
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