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. 2012 Basilico Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Storico
    2012 Basilico Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Storico
    94
    WE
    Made with ungrafted 80-year-old vines, this gorgeous wine opens with an enticing bouquet of perfumed berry, fragrant blue flower, baking spice, leather and a whiff of Mediterranean..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.99
  2. 2012 batailley Bordeaux Red
    2012 Batailley
    92
    RP
    From the famous château estate of the Castéja family, the 2012 Batailley is a very strong effort. This is a big-time sleeper of the vintage. A dense purple wine with l..." Learn More
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    As low as $45.99
  3. 2012 bruno giacosa barolo falletto Barolo
    2012 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto
    97
    JS
    A young wine that builds on the palate with plums, spices, cedar and hints of chocolate. Turns to hazelnuts. Full to medium body, but this builds on the palate. Juicy and chewy wit..." Learn More
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    As low as $170.00
  4. 2012 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    2012 Calon Segur
    96
    WE
    Firm and structured, this beautifully concentrated wine has plenty of the dark tannins that come out of Cabernet Sauvignon in Saint-Estèphe while allowing room for juicy fru..." Learn More
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    As low as $175.00
  5. 2012 canon Bordeaux Red
    2012 Canon
    94
    RP-NM
    Tasted from several bottles in recent months, the 2012 Canon is a stupendous wine for the vintage and if anything, it appears to be improving with each encounter. It clearly serves..." Learn More
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    As low as $65.99
  6. 2012 clerc milon Bordeaux Red
    2012 Clerc Milon
    94
    WE
    Now firmly in its new cellars, Clerc-Milon's wine is performing at the top of its form. This is a dense wine with juicy acidity as well as sweet tannins and ripe blackberry fruits...." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  7. 2012 clos de loratoire Bordeaux Red
    2012 Clos de L'Oratoire
    94
    RP
    One of the von Neipperg estates, the 2012 Clos de l'Oratoire is an undeniable success story. Dense ruby/purple, with plenty of crème de cassis, roasted coffee, licorice and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $70.00
  8. 2012 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    2012 Cos D'estournel
    95
    JS
    Always excellent for the vintage. What a nose with currants, blackberries, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stones and wet earth too. Full-bodied and refined yet muscular and trim. Fabulously ..." Learn More
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    As low as $225.00
  9. 2012 domaine de chevalier Bordeaux Red
    2012 Domaine de Chevalier
    94
    JS
    Plenty of sliced apple and lemon character to this fresh wine. Full body, layered fruit and a tangy, almond and fruit aftertaste. Intense finish of stones, chalk and salt. Oyster s..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $69.95
  10. 2012 du tertre Bordeaux Red
    2012 Du Tertre
    93
    DEC
    This has a lovely balance of power and elegance, with twists of liquorice, coffee bean and bitter chocolate through the palate that accompany, but don't overwhelm, the plentiful bl..." Learn More
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    As low as $70.00
  11. 2012 henriot brut rose millesime Champagne (Rose)
    2012 Henriot Brut Rose Millesime
    93
    JG
    The 2012 Henriot Brut Rosé is a simply stunning bottle of bubbly. The color is a fairly deep salmon rose and the bouquet is pure, ripe and beautifully detailed, wafting from..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.99
  12. 2012 horsepower vineyards syrah the tribe vineyard Washington Red
    2012 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard
    97
    RP
    More gamy, bloody and meaty than the Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah, the 2012 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard is a full-bodied, elegant, concentrated and structured effort that gives up compl..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  13. 2012 leglise clinet Bordeaux Red
    2012 L'eglise Clinet
    96
    RP
    A gorgeous wine from proprietor Denis Durantou, this blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc is an inky purple color, with gorgeous purity of black raspberries, blackcurrants an..." Learn More
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    As low as $225.00
  14. 2012 la conseillante Bordeaux Red
    2012 La Conseillante
    96
    DEC
    (Château La Conseillante, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, Red) This has always been one of my favourite vintages of La Conseillante. Here a little Cabernet Franc (11%) goes a long..." Learn More
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    As low as $170.00
  15. 2012 La Louviere Blanc
    2012 La Louviere Blanc
    94
    WE
    Pure Sauvignon, this is a tropical fruit flavored wine. It's bright and fruity while also showing a dense texture of grapefruit and steely minerality. The combination makes for an ..." Learn More
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    As low as $40.00
  16. 2012 Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon Solari
    2012 Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon Solari
    99
    JD
    The 2012 Solari is a stunning wine based on 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 20 months in 70% new French oak. As with most 2012s, it’s drinking brilliantly today and sports..." Learn More
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    As low as $305.00
  17. 2012 latour Bordeaux Red
    2012 Latour
    97
    DEC
    This will be by far the biggest release since Latour brought in the new system, as the 2012 has not been on the market before. It's a good one to start with as this is a vintage wh..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $880.00
  18. 2012 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    2012 Leoville Las Cases
    96
    WE
    This combines considerable power and concentration with rich, impressive fruits. It has both style and elegance, with density to give it great aging potential. The tannins are firm..." Learn More
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    As low as $270.00
  19. 2012 leoville poyferre Bordeaux Red
    2012 Leoville Poyferre
    95
    WE
    This very ripe, full-bodied wine is powered by sweet blackberries and solid tannins. It is a full, concentrated and complex wine that has a great future.Wine Enthusiast | 95 WEA da..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  20. 2012 les fiefs de lagrange Bordeaux Red
    2012 Les Fiefs de Lagrange
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    As low as $45.00
  21. 2012 les forts de latour Bordeaux Red
    2012 Les Forts de Latour
    93
    JD
    The second wine of Château Latour, the 2012 Les Forts de Latour is a smoking good, rich, concentrated effort that most likely wins the battle of the second wines in the vinta..." Learn More
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    As low as $335.00
  22. 2012 louis roederer cristal rose Champagne (Rose)
    2012 Louis Roederer Cristal Rose
    99
    JD
    Just about as good as it gets, the 2012 Cristal Rosé is a magical effort based on 56% Pinot Noir and 44% Chardonnay. It’s a powerful, medium to full-bodied, incredibly..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,689.00
  23. 2012 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    2012 Lynch Bages
    94
    WE
    The wine is very dry, layered tannins giving a major sense of structure. It will always have this dry, dense character, very firm, solid and powerful.Wine Enthusiast | 94 WEAromas ..." Learn More
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    As low as $110.00
  24. 2012 moet chandon dom perignon Champagne
    2012 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon
    98
    DEC
    What a magnificent bouquet for this Dom Pérignon 2012! Pastry, a hint of smoke and autolytic notes provide a compelling counterpart to eager yet elegant aromas of citrus (li..." Learn More
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    As low as $269.00
  25. 2012 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2012 Montrose
    95
    WE
    Produced in the magnificent new cellars at Montrose, this big, tannic wine is powerful and concentrated. It has something of the classic severity of a wine from this estate, but th..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $140.00
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