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2012 Castello Di Volpaia Cabernet Sauvignon Prelius 750ml - $17.99

89 Points Wine & Spirits "Prelius is Castello di Volpaia's estate in Maremma, where the Stianti Mascheroni family farms cabernet sauvignon organically to produce this wine. Its spicy scent of cedar and herbs is intriguing; its flavors of tart cherries and cherry tomatoes are simple and clean."

Cabernet Sauvignon - A Truly International Grape

By Moez S Smith

Many people who are not very knowledgeable about the world of wine may tell you they either drink white or red, and that's as much as they know. In actual fact there are a number of different wine varieties under the 'red' and 'white' headers such as Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

If you want to become a self confessed wine expert or just want to know a little bit more about the different types of wine, here's a little bit information about this wine and everything in between.


Merlot wine is native to the Bordeaux region of France where red wine is produced regularly. Merlot is most commonly found on the right bank of Bordeaux and is the dominant grape in many of the appellations that produce wine there, including Saint-Emilion and Pomerol.

Merlot is a fairly easy grape to grow, making it a popular grape all over the world. Unlike red grapes, Merlot is a beautifully blue skinned fruit that produces some of the most luscious red wines offering hints of berry, plum and cherry flavours. Characteristically, Merlot has a soft texture and supple tannins making it feel light and smooth on the palate. Merlot is very popular for pairing with the crisp, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon grape. The Merlot's soft tannins help to give the wine a higher tannins a softer edge, making it more pleasant on the palate.

Here is a wine which is a popular choice amongst many wine experts as is for beginners moving on from Merlot to something with a little more bite.

Cabernet Sauvignon

This is arguably one of the most famous of all red wine grapes. Like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon is native to Bordeaux in France and is behind some of the most prestigious wines found on the left bank of Bordeaux including Sant-Julien and Margaux.

Cabernet Sauvignon wines are a natural cross between the Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. Their distinctive flavours are characterised by blackcurrant, cherry, cedar wood and tobacco. To achieve these rich, flavoursome tastes and aromas the grapes generally need warmer climates to achieve maturity but the small, dark and thick-skinned grape can adapt to a variety of climates and soil types making it a popular grape to grow all over the world.

Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon is a popular blend of grapes to create a balanced flavour of sweet fruits and sharp, rich woody and tobacco aromas. The combination of the two grapes make Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon a perfect partner for rich, red meats such as steak, casseroles and barbequed meats. This is generally why the two grapes are blended as they create a flavour complimentary of traditional food types.

The two grapes alone create beautifully different flavours, with Merlot tending to have softer flavours and aromas whereas the Cabernet Sauvignon grape has life in it's sharp, stern flavours that awaken every sense. Blended together there is no mistaking how complementary they are of each other. Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that should be on every best wine list the world over.

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 wines.

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2011 Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml - $16.99

Wine & Spirits Magazine, 93 Points "A delicious Cabernet that shows abundant minty notes and is generous in acidic red fruits, such as those small and extremely tart berries. And then comes its body, which has an acidic tension, but is also generously concentrated. This wine comes mainly from the classical vineyards in Panquehue, and resumes the traditional sense of the Cabernets from Aconcagua, with notes of herbs and eucalyptus."

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