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How We Rated Some of the Internet’s Top-Selling Wine Brands

The Wine Enthusiast team blind tastes and reviews around 25,000 wines every year. These range from small-production bottlings to major releases from global brands and everything in between.

We were curious to see how our scores stacked up against real-world buying habits, so we looked at some of the top-selling bottles on online marketplace Vivino. In an effort to help you decide which to purchase, or just to see a ranking of the internet’s most popular bottles in one place, here are our most recent ratings and reviews of current offerings from some of online retail’s most in-demand brands.

Top-selling wines and how they scored

Henri Bourgeois 2018 Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc (Vin de France); $13, 85 points. This soft, easy, Sauvignon Blanc emphasizes fruit and freshness. Acidity and bright crispness are smoothed by the rounded aftertaste. Drink now. Monsieur Touton Selection 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, sweet honey and honeydew melon flavors and soft texture. Best Buy. –Jim Gordon

Beringer 2018 Founder’s Estate Pinot Noir (California); $9, 86 points. A strong vein of oak spices gives this full-bodied wine an almost sweet effect, as cinnamon and vanilla fill the aroma and flavors. It is broad and fairly soft in texture. Best Buy. –J.G.

Lapis Luna 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Lodi); $13, 86 points. Rich, round and darkly fruity, this wine offers extra ripeness and soft tannins for a very mouthfilling, almost sweet effect.–J.G.

Josh Cellars 2018 Bourbon Barrel Aged Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (California); $19, 88 points. This potent, full-bodied wine is moderately tannic, nicely concentrated and shows some good oak character in the cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg nuances that come out with time in 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 will soften as it matures to deliver crisp fruit and cleaner tannins. Drink from 2023. Luneau USA Inc. –R.V.

Decoy 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley); $25, 89 points. Well-integrated fruit and subtle oak flavors give this medium- to full-bodied wine a nice sense of balance and composure that’s enjoyable to sip. It brings out black cherry, cinnamon and a touch of vanilla that are tasty and lingering. –J.G.

Abandon 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Lake County-Napa County); $30, 90 points. An element of roundness, almost sweetness, gives this wine a smooth drinkability despite a high tannin level. Deep indulgent blueberry and blackberry-jam flavors are accented by baking spices, cloves and cedar. Best through 2023. –J.G.

Bogle 2018 Juggernaut Cabernet Sauvignon (California); $20, 90 points. Opulent black-fruit flavors are well matched by mint, chocolate and cedar accents in this full-bodied, velvet-textured wine. Layered and mouthfilling, it offers abundant soft tannins to keep it appetizing. –J.G.

Duckhorn 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley); $78, 90 points. This is a soft, rounded and appealing red, juicy in blackberry and dark cherry. Ripe tannins add to the richness and lush palate, finishing on accents of clove and toasted oak. –Virginie Boone

Gloria Ferrer NV Sonoma Brut Méthode Champenoise Sparkling (Carneros); $22, 90 points. A rich, exuberant nose of apple and sea spray leads to a steely palate built up by nervy, focused acidity. Accents of oyster shell and earth permeate the midpalate in 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 show an elegant structure of finessed, supple tannins alongside layers of clove and cinnamon atop ripe red and black berries. Editors’ Choice. –V.B.

Austin Hope 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles); $56, 95 points. Quite dark in the glass, this reliable crowd-pleaser begins with hearty aromas of black currant, black plum, lush oak and caramel, accented by a hint of olive and loads of clove and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is hearty and rich, with just enough tannic weight to balance the creamy black-cherry, caramel and chocolate-ice-cream flavors, which lead to an oaky finish. –Matt Kettmann

Emeritus 2017 Hallberg Ranch Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley); $45, 95 points. With Winemaker David Lattin now at the helm, this vintage packs a punch of grace and power. Rose, lavender and earth tones accent a juicy black-cherry core, with crisp acidity sitting alongside a hint of nutmeg. –V.B.