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. 2002 ausone Bordeaux Red
    2002 Ausone
    95
    RP
    In many respects, the 2002 may be even more impressive than the 2003. A far more challenging vintage to get everything right, and especially in St.-Emilion, where many disappointme..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $685.00
  2. 2002 carter cabernet sauvignon beckstoffer vyd California Red
    2002 Carter Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vyd
    100
    RP
    A perfect wine, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard comes from further north in the Oakville Corridor on the valley floor. One of the youngest wines in this t..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $675.00
  3. 2002 clos de loratoire Bordeaux Red
    2002 Clos de L'Oratoire
    ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $80.00
  4. 2002 comte de vogue bonnes mares Burgundy Red
    2002 Comte de Vogue Bonnes Mares
    93
    BH
    (Domaine Comte de Vogüé Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Red) Classic ruby color. A very expressive nose of pungent lavender, violet and a mix of jammy red and black fruit cut wi..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,495.00
  5. 2002 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    2002 Cos D'estournel
    94
    JS
    A refined and pretty wine now with spice, berry and chocolate character on the nose and palate. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. Subtle spice aftertast..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $205.00
  6. 2002 dal forno romano amarone Italy (Other)
    2002 Dal Forno Romano Amarone
    95
    DEC
    Another tricky vintage affected by hail and rain during the growing season, but saved by a stretch of sunshine at the end of the summer. This wine is herbaceous but delightful, ver..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $825.00
  7. 2002 duhart milon Bordeaux Red
    2002 Duhart Milon
    90+
    VM
    Good deep ruby-red. Sexy aromas of currant, minerals and gunpowder tea. Densely packed and minerally, with uncompromising dryness and a firm edge of acidity. Very old school and in..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $115.00
  8. 2002 giacomo conterno barolo monfortino riserva Barolo
    2002 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva
    98
    RP
    Conterno’s 2002 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is a legend in the making, or now that it is in bottle, it may be more correct to simply say it is a legend... Simply put, the 2002 ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,595.00
  9. 2002 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    2002 Gruaud Larose
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    As low as $115.00
  10. 2002 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2002 Haut Brion
    96
    WE
    Surprisingly lively and fresh, this is still a seriously impressive wine. The high proportion of Semillon is now coming to dominate the Sauvignon, to give a wine that is finely sha..." Learn More
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    As low as $565.00
  11. 2002 la gaffeliere Bordeaux Red
    2002 La Gaffeliere
    ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $85.00
  12. 2002 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    2002 Lafite Rothschild
    95
    WS
    Bubbling over with crushed berries, currants and spices, with tobacco notes. Beautiful. Full-bodied, with gorgeously velvety tannins and a long finish of pretty fruit. This is a ra..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,045.00
  13. 2002 langoa barton Bordeaux Red
    2002 Langoa Barton
    90
    RP
    The saturated ruby/plum-tinged 2002 reveals a tight but promising nose of underbrush, new saddle leather, damp earth, black currants and cherries. It is a strongly structured, pote..." Learn More
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    As low as $84.99
  14. 2002 lascombes Bordeaux Red
    2002 Lascombes
    93
    RP
    A candidate for one of the top wines of the vintage, Lascombes has turned in a brilliant effort with a deep ruby/purple color as well as gorgeous aromas of plums, cassis, black che..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  15. 2002 latour Bordeaux Red
    2002 Latour
    96
    AG
    One of the most pleasant surprises in this tasting, the 2002 Latour is just beginning to show the full breadth of its aromatic complexity, but it is also has more than enough depth..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $765.00
  16. 2002 latour a pomerol Bordeaux Red
    2002 Latour A Pomerol
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  17. 2002 louis jadot clos saint denis Burgundy Red
    2002 Louis Jadot Clos Saint Denis
    92-94
    RP
    Produced from a tiny parcel of old vines (80-85 years old), the 2002 Clos St.-Denis explodes from the glass with delectable aromas of sweet blueberries and cherries. Medium to full..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $2,075.00
  18. 2002 louis jadot echezeaux Burgundy Red
    2002 Louis Jadot Echezeaux
    91-93
    RP
    Jadot’s parcel of Echezeaux is located in a steep sector of the vineyard known as Les Rouges, requiring that it be worked with horses as tractors cannot cope with the slope&r..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $1,549.00
  19. 2002 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    2002 Lynch Bages
    91
    WS
    This was not at the tasting, but it is outstanding. A blind tasting for the magazine late in 2004 resulted in this note and score: Aromas of currant bush, berries and sweet tobacco..." Learn More
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    As low as $160.00
  20. 2002 margaux Bordeaux Red
    2002 Margaux
    93
    RP
    Performing better from bottle than at any time in cask (which of course is the objective of great winemaking, isn’t it?), this wine reveals a dense ruby/purple color in a sty..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,190.00
  21. 2002 mommessin clos de tart Burgundy Red
    2002 Mommessin Clos De Tart
    97
    RP-NM
    Tasted at the pre-dinner vertical to mark Sylvain Pitiot's retirement from the domaine, the 2002 Clos de Tart Grand Cru has long been one of my favorite vintages from this monopole..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,599.00
  22. 2002 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2002 Montrose
    92
    WS
    Very pretty aromas of blackberries, spices and milk chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a silky mouthfeel. Still tight but refined and long. Just as I..." Learn More
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    As low as $170.00
  23. 2002 palmer Bordeaux Red
    2002 Palmer
    94
    RP
    A successful wine for the vintage, this blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 8% Petit Verdot boasts complex notes of menthol, black currants, plums, licorice, and a hin..." Learn More
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    As low as $365.00
  24. 2002 pape clement Bordeaux Red
    2002 Pape Clement
    93
    RP
    An undeniable success as well as a candidate for the Graves of the vintage in 2002, the 2002 Pape Clement boasts a deep ruby/purple color in addition to notes of smoke, hot bricks,..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  25. 2002 petrus Bordeaux Red
    2002 Petrus
    93
    WS
    Gorgeous subtle aromas of crushed raspberries and light vanilla, with hints of spices. Medium- to full-bodied, with wonderfully seductive, silky tannins. Beautiful slinky finish. P..." Learn More
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    As low as $4,695.00
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