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2010 Hardin Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml - $29.99

"The first Hardin Cabernet Sauvignon (2003) was discovered by Doug on a trip to California. The wine was sourced from one of Napa Valley's long time 'cult' producers. Doug found himself in Napa at the right time, and was able to taste and buy a small lot of this top, top quality wine. Following the blow-out success of the first effort, Doug has continued to put together a stellar follow-up throughout the years, the 2010 being Hardin's seventh vintage. "The blend for the 2010 Hardin is 77% Cabernet, 14% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine is opaque with classic aromas of black fruits, tobacco and cedar. On the palate it is rich and mouth-filling balanced by beautiful ripe tannins and acidity giving the wine lift. It has a core of blackberry and cassis fruits, tobacco and a hint of very well integrated oak." -The Supplier

The Top 3 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Wines

By Moez S Smith

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular wines that are sold all over the world. The popular taste and ease of cultivation means it's a favourite with wine fans and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Most people don't know that a lot of wines are blended, just like Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon which is a popular combination.

This is native to the Bordeaux region of wine in France. The wine made from Merlot is rich red wine, deep red in colour with succulent fruity flavours. When blended with Cabernet Sauvignon the two flavours work beautifully together to create a distinctive taste that is enjoyed by thousands around the world.

There are thousands of Merlot wines to choose from all over the world. It is such a versatile grape, making it perfect for growing in all climates and soils, which is why the grape is totally international. Here are our top three wines of Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon blend for you to enjoy.

Top 3 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon's To Try:

1. Villa Antinori Rosso, Toscana IGT 2006

The Antinori family have been making wines in Tuscany for over 600 years - so it's fair to say they may know a thing or two about wine making. This wine is no exception. An intense ruby red in colour with aromas of crushed red berries, sweet cherries and warm, toasted vanilla. On the palate this wine is silky smooth with supple balances of delicious oak and apple flavours. This is a true example of a Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon blend; it has brilliant structure from the Cabernet Sauvignon but the Merlot gives the wine a rounder, more balanced flavouring.

2. Chateau Toulouze, Graves de Vayre 2006

This is a beautiful blended wine, from the Bordeaux region - famed for it's important and exquisite winemakers. And this is no exception. If you're looking for a traditional Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon blend this wine is perfect, as it offers aromas of ripe blackberries, plums and sweet cherry fruit. With nuances of baked figs and cigar box wood this wine is full of flavours, helped by the gentleness of the farming by the winemakers to ensure the fruits stay healthy.

3. Chateau Lanessan, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Medoc 1997

The Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon is typical of the Bordeaux region where it was produced, as the wine has black fruit flavours contrasted by fresh, earthy nuances. The estate that produces this spectacular blend dates back to 1793 and is still owned by the Bouteiller family. The wines are left to age for up to 30 months which allows the flavours to intensify and become even more delicious!

Whether you're a long time fan of the Merlot wine blend, or are yet to try it, these three wines are delicious wines to try. Surprisingly, Merlot is one of the most popular and practiced blends, but most people tend to stick to one kind. Take a dive into the world of wine blends and try one or all of these beautiful blends.

Moez Smith is a wine enthusiast that enjoys writing about various wines including merlot cabernet sauvignon. Visit The Perfect Cellar website for more information about fine red and white wines.

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2012 Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml - $44.99

"The most effective way to achieve complexity in a wine is through geographic diversity. This concept of vineyard sourcing is paramount in our winemaking philosophy at Orin Swift. Creating this diversity affords us blending components, which can be used to compliment each other and further something we call, 'separate among equal parts.' The 2012 Palermo is our fourth release of the wine and showcases the bounty and quality of the acclaimed vintage. It also boasts the most eclectic vineyard selections in our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon program drawing upon an array of microclimates and varied soils and slopes throughout the Valley. "A voluminous complexion of deep garnet and cardinal can be seen in the glass profile. Profoundly aromatic, the nose is treated to a decadent perfume of currant, roasted espresso, spring flowers, and toasty oak. Supple and rich in the mouth, intense flavors of wild berry fruit, plum, roasted fig, and cacao are in perfect alignment. The length is fleshy and bright with a polished tannin sequence that will last for years." -The Winery

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