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. 1999 alain hudelot noellat richebourg grand cru Burgundy Red
    1999 Alain Hudelot Noellat Richebourg Grand Cru
    95
    RP-NM
    The 1999 Richebourg Grand Cru from Hudelot-Noëllat personifies the vineyard with some style. It has a stunning, pure, elegant and effortless nose that maybe expresses that ess..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,049.00
  2. 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
  3. 1999 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    1999 Calon Segur
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    As low as $195.00
  4. 1999 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1999 Cheval Blanc
    93
    RP
    The complex, explosively fragrant 1999 Cheval Blanc is a blend of 59% Merlot and 41% Cabernet Franc. It is already showing well, which is a good sign for a wine that traditionally ..." Learn More
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    As low as $670.00
  5. 1999 clos de loratoire Bordeaux Red
    1999 Clos de L'Oratoire
    91
    RP
    This opaque purple-colored St.-Emilion is one of the starts of the vintage. The wine exhibits aromas of new saddle leather, damp earth, blackberries, incense, cassis, and toast. An..." Learn More
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    As low as $90.00
  6. 1999 dal forno romano amarone Italy (Other)
    1999 Dal Forno Romano Amarone
    98
    JS
    This is full throttle style with loads of black chocolate and dark fruits on the nose and the palate. Minerally, gun powder undertone. It's very full and powerful with super pretty..." Learn More
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    As low as $555.00
  7. 1999 domaine gros frere et soeur richebourg grand cru Burgundy Red
    1999 Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur Richebourg Grand Cru
    93
    WS
    Rich and ripe Pinot Noir, black in color, thick in texture, pumping out the flavors. Silky midpalate reveals the pedigree of this wine. Loaded with sweet blackberry character that ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,225.00
  8. 1999 drouhin chambertin Burgundy Red
    1999 Drouhin Chambertin
    91
    JG
    (Chambertin- Joseph Drouhin) I usually have a pretty strong preference for the Drouhin Bèze over their Chambertin, but at this particular tasting the Chambertin showed bette..." Learn More
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    As low as $669.00
  9. 1999 Falesco Marciliano
    1999 Falesco Marciliano
    94
    RP
    The first vintage of Riccardo Cotarella's newest baby is the 1999 Marciliano. Aged 16 months in 100% new French oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, this 70% Cabernet Sauvignon..." Learn More
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    As low as $64.95
  10. 1999 falesco montiano Italy (Other)
    1999 Falesco Montiano
    95
    RP
    The profound, dense ruby/purple-colored 1999 Montiano (2,500 cases of 100% Merlot aged in 100% new French oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered) offers a smorgasbord of aromas, i..." Learn More
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    As low as $84.95
  11. 1999 gaja barbaresco Barbaresco
    1999 Gaja Barbaresco
    95
    AG
    Gaja's 1999 Barbaresco is quite pretty. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, licorice and dried herbs are some of the many nuances that are woven together in the glass. Soft, si..." Learn More
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    As low as $450.00
  12. 1999 giacomo conterno barolo monfortino riserva Barolo
    1999 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva
    99
    AG
    The 1999 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is simply epic, as it always has been. A Barolo of statuesque, profound beauty, the 1999 very clearly belongs among the greatest Monfortinos ever..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,860.00
  13. 1999 giscours Bordeaux Red
    1999 Giscours
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    As low as $100.00
  14. 1999 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1999 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    100
    RP
    I have given perfect scores to other vintages of La Landonne, but the black/purple-colored 1999 Cote Rotie La Landonne may be the finest effort Guigal has ever coaxed out of this v..." Learn More
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    As low as $945.00
  15. 1999 guigal cote rotie la mouline Cote Rotie
    1999 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline
    100
    RP
    The 1999 Cote Rotie la Mouline is straight-up awesome on all accounts. Drinking beautifully, with explosive aromas and flavors of blackberry, smoked meats, pepper and exotic flower..." Learn More
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    As low as $945.00
  16. 1999 guigal cote rotie la turque Cote Rotie
    1999 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    100
    RP
    The 1999 Cote Rotie La Turque reveals notes of toasty vanilla and espresso in addition to Asian spices, mocha, pepper, blackberries, creosote, and roasted meats. The exotic perfume..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,239.00
  17. 1999 h. lignier gevrey chambertin Burgundy Red
    1999 H. Lignier Gevrey Chambertin
    92
    AG
    Towards the end of lunch we are in the mood for a red, so I ask Sohm to pick something out. He chooses Lignier's 1999 Gevrey-Chambertin. I wish I could convey just how gorgeous the..." Learn More
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    As low as $255.00
  18. 1999 hosanna Bordeaux Red
    1999 Hosanna
    93
    WE
    Christian Moueix gave the celebratory name Hosanna to Château Certan Guiraud after he purchased it in 1999. He has now made his mark on the property, combining elegance and p..." Learn More
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    As low as $235.00
  19. 1999 imparato montevetrano Italy (Other)
    1999 Imparato Montevetrano
    95
    AG
    The 1999 Montevetrano is a rock-star wine. Still remarkably fresh and vibrant, the 1999 bursts from the glass with layers of dark berries, grilled herbs, leather and tar. There is ..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  20. 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
  21. 1999 jean grivot clos du vougeot Burgundy Red
    1999 Jean Grivot Clos du Vougeot
    91
    VM
    (Etienne Grivot told me that this was a high-VA vintage for him; my sampled had been carafed for two hours): Good full red. Empyreumatic and balsamic aromas of plum, chocolate and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $379.00
  22. 1999 jean grivot echezeaux Burgundy Red
    1999 Jean Grivot Echezeaux
    92
    VM
    Very good ruby-red. Superripe but fresh aromas of roasted red fruits, mocha, brown spices and tobacco. Lush, layered, broad and sweet; really fills the mouth with flavor. A generou..." Learn More
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    As low as $675.00
  23. 1999 jean louis trapet chambertin Burgundy Red
    1999 Jean Louis Trapet Chambertin
    97
    VM
    Dark, youthful red. Classic, somewhat sauvage aromas of black raspberry, game and roast coffee, plus a hint of menthol. Utterly silky but energetic wine with superb concentration f..." Learn More
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    As low as $699.00
  24. 1999 la mondotte Bordeaux Red
    1999 La Mondotte
    94
    RP
    Along with the 1997, the 1999 is the most forward and accessible La Mondotte yet produced. Its opaque purple color is followed by a glorious nose of candied black fruits, graphite,..." Learn More
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    As low as $175.00
  25. 1999 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1999 Lafite Rothschild
    95
    RP
    The 1999 Lafite Rothschild sports an engraved "1999" on the bottle along with an eclipse to mark that significant historical event of August, 1999. It is a quintessential..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,080.00
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