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. 1986 ceretto barolo bricco rocche Barolo
    1986 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $240.00
  2. 1986 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1986 Cheval Blanc
    93+
    JG
    (Château Cheval Blanc) The 1986 Cheval Blanc is a beautiful wine and one of the sleeper vintages for this fine estate in the decade of the 1980s. The really refined and lovel..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $785.00
  3. 1986 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    1986 Cos D'Estournel
    95
    DEC
    Vibrant deep colour, this has masses of spice box and minerals on the nose. Of course, the 86 was famous for its power and tannic structure and this is still muscular and foursquar..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $340.00
  4. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $359.00
  5. 1986 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1986 Ducru Beaucaillou
    96
    JG
    (Château Ducru-Beaucaillou (St. Julien) Re-Furbished at the Château in 2011) Ducru-Beaucaillou has recently re-released several vintages from the era when there was som..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  6. 1986 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    1986 Gruaud Larose
    97
    DEC
    Both vintages of Gruaud-Larose absolutely stand out in this lineup, and I recommend them both for thoroughly enjoyable drinking today. This was pretty monolithic when young and evo..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $375.00
  7. 1986 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1986 Haut Brion
    96
    DEC
    A seductive mix of brambly autumnal fruits, black truffles, graphite and cigar box, this is absolutely ready to drink now and yet will continue to unwind and deliver for decades to..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $830.00
  8. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $359.00
  9. 1986 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1986 La Mission Haut Brion
    97
    WS
    An extremely impressive, yet slightly hard wine; still closed, but could be as great as the 1952. Dark ruby in color and very aromatic, with a rich cherry aromas. Full-bodied, with..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $470.00
  10. 1986 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1986 Lafite Rothschild
    100
    DEC
    We are in perfectly-aged claret territory here, the most beautiful impression of a wine at its plateau. It's perfectly ready to drink and is still generous, with a long life ahead ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,745.00
  11. 1986 latour Bordeaux Red
    1986 Latour
    91
    RP
    The 1986 Latour has a deep ruby/purple color, and a moderately intense bouquet of mineral-scented, blackcurrant fruit intermixed with the classic walnut scents that seem to emerge ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $380.00
  12. 1986 leoville barton Bordeaux Red
    1986 Leoville Barton
    97
    DEC
    Anthony Barton had been running Léoville Barton for three years at this point, but in 1986 - the year that his uncle Ronald died (after a tenure that had begun back in 1924)..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $225.00
  13. 1986 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1986 Leoville Las Cases
    100
    DEC
    Michel Delon, then owner, believed this to be the greatest wine he ever made. It's not often the case that wines with this much expectation riding on them live up to the hype, but ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $669.00
  14. 1986 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    1986 Lynch Bages
    94
    RP
    The 1986 is finally emerging from the dormant stage that many of the wines from this vintage (especially the Medocs) have been going through. It is a full-bodied, still backward wi..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $570.00
  15. 1986 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1986 Margaux
    98+
    AG
    The 1986 Chateau Margaux was even more emotionally moving. Still incredibly youthful, it showed incredible focus and depth, all backed up by considerable structure. As hard as it m..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $899.00
  16. 1986 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1986 Montrose
    98
    DEC
    (Château Montrose, St-Estèphe, Red) This is a masterclass in the ageing aromas of Bordeaux. It sits exactly at the spot at which you still have a tightening and a ment..." Learn More
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    As low as $205.00
  17. 1986 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1986 Mouton Rothschild
    100
    DEC
    Wonderful, concentrated and still astonishingly young, this has brushes of violet aromatics rising above the tight cassis fruits and rich black truffle, and the classic menthol edg..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $670.00
  18. 1986 pape clement Bordeaux Red
    1986 Pape Clement
    92+
    JG
    The 1986 Pape Clément was the first vintage of this wine in many years to garner any positive attention from Robert Parker, and the early promise it showed out of the blocks..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $215.00
  19. 1986 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1986 Petrus
    92
    WS
    Dark red, with an amber edge. Aromas of chocolate, stewed berries, Merlot and raisins. Full-bodied, velvety and rich. Lovely palate. Delicious now, but will hold on. An autumnal wi..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $3,805.00
  20. 1986 trotanoy Bordeaux Red
    1986 Trotanoy
    93
    WS
    This wine has a long life ahead of it. There are chocolate aromas and rich, elegant fruit on the palate. It is well balanced with good backbone and a long finish.--Trotanoy vertica..." Learn More
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    As low as $300.00
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