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Bordeaux blends are, quite simply, blended wines made primarily or exclusively from the permitted grape varietals of the Bordeaux appellations in southwest France. Dubbed "claret" by British wine merchants in the 18th century, red Bordeaux blends are based most often on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet forms the basis for the wines of the Left Bank, while Merlot and sometimes Cabernet Franc form the basis of the Right Bank wines. Malbec and Petit Verdot are also permitted in these blends, but their overall percentages are typically negligible to non-existent.

This winemaking practice has spread far and wide across the globe in recent decades, finding its most notable New World home in Napa Valley, California. In the 1970s and 1980s, Napa producers were frustrated by labeling laws for blended wines and sought to establish a marketable concept unique to their region that would encompass the essence of the blended wines in one catchy term, which gave rise to the "Meritage" category and the Meritage Alliance of wine growers. An amalgamation of the words "merit" and "heritage", it's a legally defined classification for both red and white wines, based principally on the blending regulations of Bordeaux. There are now over 200 member producers, most based in the U.S., but representation can be found as far afield as Argentina and Australia.

A caveat and a strength of the Bordeaux Blend class has been its nebulous definition. While it's pretty strictly defined in the Old World, New World producers have found much more leeway in its usage, applying it to all manner of Cabernet- or Merlot-based blends, whether they contain only the permitted Bordeaux varietals or others such as Zinfandel, Syrah, or Sangiovese. This carries the two-fold effect of a) promoting a particular style rather than region and keeping pace with the ever-changing landscape of modern wine tastes; but also b) an explosion of wines bearing the term with no real measure or assurance of quality and stylistic tendency.

Still, the practice is constantly evolving, and with more and more producers concentrating on quality over quantity, blending these varietals will continue to be an integral aspect of contemporary winemaking.

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100 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Sassicaia is a wine of soaring achievement. I tasted this wine several times during the course of its creation in both barrel and bottle, and the highly deserved 100-point score you see here was enthusiastically assigned at the conclusion of a mini… ...
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Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2016  (#334097)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

100 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Sassicaia is a wine of soaring achievement. I tasted this wine several times during the course of its creation in both barrel and bottle, and the highly deserved 100-point score you see here was…

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97 points and 'Top 100 Wine of 2018 (#37),' International Wine Report: ...50% Cabernet Franc, 36% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot... displays a dark, inky color followed seductive aromas of ripe dark cherries, blackberries, spices, fresh violets, graphite and hints of tobacco that… ...
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Tenuta di Trinoro Rosso di Toscana 2015  (#331086)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

97 points and 'Top 100 Wine of 2018 (#37),' International Wine Report: ...50% Cabernet Franc, 36% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot... displays a dark, inky color followed seductive aromas of ripe dark cherries, blackberries, spices,…

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98 points James Suckling: Amazing graphite and violet aromas with dark fruits. Medium to full body, ultra-velvety tannins and a long and beautiful finish. Formed and tight. I love the fresh ginger underneath it all. This has a cool profile to the wine. So approachable yet this has wonderful length. … ...
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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 2013  (#326446)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

98 points James Suckling: Amazing graphite and violet aromas with dark fruits. Medium to full body, ultra-velvety tannins and a long and beautiful finish. Formed and tight. I love the fresh ginger underneath it all. This has a cool profile to the…

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99 points James Suckling: Incredible aromas of dark berries, lavender, rosemary, licorice and dried flowers. Spice. Full body and fantastic tannin texture with great length. Goes on for minutes. Muscular yet wonderfully formed and refined. A glorious Saffredi. Drink in 2022. (12/17/18) ...
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Le Pupille Maremma Toscana Saffredi 2016  (#333802)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

99 points James Suckling: Incredible aromas of dark berries, lavender, rosemary, licorice and dried flowers. Spice. Full body and fantastic tannin texture with great length. Goes on for minutes. Muscular yet wonderfully formed and refined. A glorious…

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96 points James Suckling: Another great Saffredi after the perfect 100-point 2012. I tasted it a year ago and thought it sensational. Even better now. Dense and structured yet shows a lively, jazzlike vibe that gives it form and beauty. Needs four to five years to soften. Cabernet sauvignon, merlot… ...
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Le Pupille Maremma Toscana Saffredi 2013  (#326447)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

96 points James Suckling: Another great Saffredi after the perfect 100-point 2012. I tasted it a year ago and thought it sensational. Even better now. Dense and structured yet shows a lively, jazzlike vibe that gives it form and beauty. Needs four to…

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98 points James Suckling: Plenty of ripe blackberry and incense. Opens up beautifully in the glass. So perfumed. Full body and seamless tannins that coat your palate with a silky texture. Wonderfully framed with complex fruit. Drink in 2021 but already gorgeous. (8/29/17) ...
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Sette Ponti Orma Toscana 2015  (#332341)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

98 points James Suckling: Plenty of ripe blackberry and incense. Opens up beautifully in the glass. So perfumed. Full body and seamless tannins that coat your palate with a silky texture. Wonderfully framed with complex fruit. Drink in 2021 but…

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97 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Giusto di Notri is a profound and dark blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It exudes gravitas and importance with every sip, showing consecutive, deep layers of minerality, dark stone, spice and rich fleshy fruit… ...
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Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2016  (#702289)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

97 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Giusto di Notri is a profound and dark blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It exudes gravitas and importance with every sip, showing consecutive, deep layers of…

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95 points James Suckling: This is extremely perfumed with aromas of lavender, cinnamon, blackberries, bark and blackcurrants. Full-bodied, extremely refined and polished. Gorgeous fruit and balance. Best ever bottling of this pretty wine from the producers of Sassicaia? Drink or hold. (9/11/18) ...
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Tenuta San Guido Toscana Guidalberto 2016  (#334123)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

95 points James Suckling: This is extremely perfumed with aromas of lavender, cinnamon, blackberries, bark and blackcurrants. Full-bodied, extremely refined and polished. Gorgeous fruit and balance. Best ever bottling of this pretty wine from the…

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94 points James Suckling: Fresh herbs, cedar, black raspberries, orange peel and citrus. Very balanced and focused on the palate, thanks to cutting acidity, but with firm, chewy tannins that envelop a plethora of red fruit. Drink now. (6/16/19) ...
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Tenuta San Guido Toscana Guidalberto 2017  (#334149)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

94 points James Suckling: Fresh herbs, cedar, black raspberries, orange peel and citrus. Very balanced and focused on the palate, thanks to cutting acidity, but with firm, chewy tannins that envelop a plethora of red fruit. Drink now. (6/16/19)

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Not yet reviewed; 2012 vintage rated 90 points by Wine Spectator: The black currant and wild strawberry fruit is both ripe and tangy in this lively red, framed by grippy tannins and accented by abundant grilled herb, olive and sweet brown bread notes. Offers a spicy, mineral-tinged finish. Cabernet… ...
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Cos Maldafrica Vittoria 2013  (#330020)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Sicily, Italy

Not yet reviewed; 2012 vintage rated 90 points by Wine Spectator: The black currant and wild strawberry fruit is both ripe and tangy in this lively red, framed by grippy tannins and accented by abundant grilled herb, olive and sweet brown bread notes…

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92 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): There is a lot of meat on the bones of the 2016 Bolgheri Rosso Il Seggio. The wine opens to spice and bramble with dark fruit nuances, surrounded by thick layers of spice, tobacco, tar and resin. This wine offers a specific and unique mouthful that is full… ...
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Poggio al Tesoro Il Seggio 2016  (#334794)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

92 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): There is a lot of meat on the bones of the 2016 Bolgheri Rosso Il Seggio. The wine opens to spice and bramble with dark fruit nuances, surrounded by thick layers of spice, tobacco, tar and resin. This wine…

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