The Wine Fanatic workforce blind tastes and evaluations around 25,000 wines yearly. These vary from small-production bottlings to main releases from world manufacturers and every part in between.
We had been curious to see how our scores stacked up towards real-world shopping for habits, so we checked out a few of the top-selling bottles on on-line market Vivino. In an effort that can assist you determine which to buy, or simply to see a rating of the web’s hottest bottles in a single place, listed here are our most up-to-date scores and evaluations of present choices from a few of online retail’s most in-demand manufacturers.
High-selling wines and the way they scored
Henri Bourgeois 2018 Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc (Vin de France); $13, 85 points. This delicate, straightforward, Sauvignon Blanc emphasizes fruit and freshness. Acidity and shiny crispness are smoothed by the rounded aftertaste. Drink now. Monsieur Touton Choice Ltd. –Roger Voss
Barefoot NV Moscato (California); $7, 86 points. Very fruity, flavorful and semisweet, this light-bodied and low-alcohol wine gushes floral and lychee fruit aromas, candy honey and honeydew melon flavors and delicate texture. Greatest Purchase. –Jim Gordon
Beringer 2018 Founder’s Estate Pinot Noir (California); $9, 86 points. A powerful vein of oak spices offers this full-bodied wine an virtually candy impact, as cinnamon and vanilla fill the aroma and flavors. It’s broad and pretty delicate in texture. Greatest Purchase. –J.G.
Lapis Luna 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Lodi); $13, 86 points. Wealthy, spherical and darkly fruity, this wine provides additional ripeness and delicate tannins for a really mouthfilling, virtually candy impact.–J.G.
Josh Cellars 2018 Bourbon Barrel Aged Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (California); $19, 88 points. This potent, full-bodied wine is reasonably tannic, properly concentrated and exhibits some good oak character within the cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg nuances that come out with time within the glass. –J.G.
Château d’Arcins 2015 Haut-Médoc; $24, 89 points. This wine boasts dry, old-school tannins that bracket the black currant fruit on the palate. It can soften because it matures to ship crisp fruit and cleaner tannins. Drink from 2023. Luneau USA Inc. –R.V.
Decoy 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley); $25, 89 points. Properly-integrated fruit and delicate oak flavors give this medium- to full-bodied wine a pleasant sense of stability and composure that’s gratifying to sip. It brings out black cherry, cinnamon and a contact of vanilla which are tasty and lingering. –J.G.
Abandon 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Lake County-Napa County); $30, 90 points. A component of roundness, virtually sweetness, offers this wine a clean drinkability regardless of a excessive tannin stage. Deep indulgent blueberry and blackberry-jam flavors are accented by baking spices, cloves and cedar. Greatest by means of 2023. –J.G.
Bogle 2018 Juggernaut Cabernet Sauvignon (California); $20, 90 points. Opulent black-fruit flavors are nicely matched by mint, chocolate and cedar accents on this full-bodied, velvet-textured wine. Layered and mouthfilling, it provides ample delicate tannins to maintain it appetizing. –J.G.
Duckhorn 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley); $78, 90 points. It is a delicate, rounded and interesting pink, juicy in blackberry and darkish cherry. Ripe tannins add to the richness and luxurious palate, ending on accents of clove and toasted oak. –Virginie Boone
Gloria Ferrer NV Sonoma Brut Méthode Champenoise Sparkling (Carneros); $22, 90 points. A wealthy, exuberant nostril of apple and sea spray results in a steely palate constructed up by nervy, centered acidity. Accents of oyster shell and earth permeate the midpalate on this Pinot Noir-dominant sparkler. –V.B.
Groth 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville); $65, 93 points. Blended with 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, this Cabernet opens with earthy aromas of tar, sage and cedar. It expands on the palate to point out a chic construction of finessed, supple tannins alongside layers of clove and cinnamon atop ripe pink and black berries. Editors’ Selection. –V.B.
Austin Hope 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles); $56, 95 points. Fairly darkish within the glass, this dependable crowd-pleaser begins with hearty aromas of black currant, black plum, lush oak and caramel, accented by a touch of olive and a great deal of clove and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is hearty and wealthy, with simply sufficient tannic weight to stability the creamy black-cherry, caramel and chocolate-ice-cream flavors, which result in an oaky end. –Matt Kettmann
Emeritus 2017 Hallberg Ranch Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley); $45, 95 points. With Winemaker David Lattin now on the helm, this classic packs a punch of grace and energy. Rose, lavender and earth tones accent a juicy black-cherry core, with crisp acidity sitting alongside a touch of nutmeg. –V.B.
Printed on June 11, 2021