The ease of buying alcohol online for home delivery has caused countless wine lovers to expand their tastes, selections and ordering habits. So, what is America drinking, and how do your favorite bottles stack up?
We looked at some of the best-selling wines on popular platform Drizly, which connects consumers to local wine shops offering online ordering, and compiled a list of how our panel of experts rated each bottle, as well as what you should taste for.
Here’s how they ranked.
The Pinot Project 2018 Pinot Noir (California); $13, 91 points. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum and sweet cherry make this full-bodied wine taste generous and inviting. While only 20% of the blend is aged in barrels, an impression of sweet oak spices rounds the edges and warms the palate. –Jim Gordon
Decoy 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County); $25, 90 points. Tasty red fruit is complemented by spicy oak in this approachable wine. With a juicy midpalate, it offers structure, rich smoothness and a lasting tone of warm spice. Editors’ Choice. –Virginie Boone
Kendall-Jackson 2018 Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay (California); $17, 90 points. Fruity, smooth and slightly spicy, this medium-bodied wine is a crowd-pleaser. Still one of the best Chardonnays with the broad California label designation, it offers delicious peach, ginger and vanilla flavors, and a good balance between ripeness and crispness. Editors’ Choice. –J.G.
Kim Crawford 2019 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough); $18, 90 points. After a string of tough vintages that didn’t wear well on this famous brand’s Sauvignons, the latest release is back up to snuff. Heady notes of lime blossom, peach and gooseberry lead the pack, with subtle aromas of green bell pepper and dried herbs following, to remind you where you are in the Sauvignon Blanc world. In the mouth a creamy texture and fleshy fruit are freshened by lively acidity. Juicy lime on the finish makes it easy to take another sip, especially if a plate of sushi or spicy southeast Asian food is nearby. Constellation Brands, Inc. –Christina Pickard
Perrier Jouët NV Grand Brut (Champagne); $55, 90 points. With crisp acidity and layers of apple and citrus fruits, this attractive wine still has some of the higher dosage typical of this house. Together the fruits and the soft texture have produced a wine that is ready to drink. Pernod Ricard. –Roger Voss
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin NV Brut Yellow Label (Champagne); $49, 89 points. This best-selling Champagne is getting slightly drier. This bottling also has touches of attractive toastiness that suggests some bottle age. Final acidity and white fruits keep the freshness. Moët Hennessy USA. –R.V.
Bieler Père et Fils 2019 Sabine Rosé (Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence); $15, 88 points. Raspberry flavors shine in this wine, giving fruitiness and a pure, clean texture. Bright acidity and a crisp aftertaste impart a refreshing character. Drink now. Trinchero Family Estates. –R.V.
Oyster Bay 2019 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough); $13, 88 points. Bright and fruity, this wine offers notes of passion fruit, citrus, white spice, ginger and grass. There seems to be a touch of residual sugar on the palate to balance the acidity and add texture to the fruit. Crisp, refreshing and citrusy, this checks all of the Marlborough SB boxes. Delegat USA, Inc. Best Buy. –C.P.
Dark Horse 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (California); $8, 87 points. This medium- to full-bodied wine leads with spicy smoky oak in the aromas and pours more oak over the ripe cherry and black-plum flavors. It’s not a bad choice for those with a taste for wood, and has a smooth, lightly tannic texture. Best Buy. –J.G.
Cavit 2019 Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie); $9, 86 points. This wine has delicate aromas of spring blossom and white stone fruit. On the fresh, simple palate, crisp acidity accompanies Anjou pear and yellow apple. Palm Bay International. Best Buy. –Kerin O’Keefe