Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Excelsior Cabernet Sauvginon 2005 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Currants and chocolate on the nose

Round and ripe on the palate

Moderately strong tannins on the finish with some acidity carrying through with flavors of espresso and dark fruit

This South African wine is better than the prior two vintages, 2003 and 2004. While they all have a dark, rich flavor profile, the prior two vintages also have an odd lingering flavor of burnt plastic. Fortunately, that is absent in the 2005. What's left is a unique taste of dark fruit, some chocolate, and espresso.

Once again, this wine emerges as a signficant value at around $8 a bottle. It's a nice buy and offers something off the beaten path. Raise a glass!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My partner and I are addicted to this stuff. It really hits the tongue just right, with a deep berry and slightly sweet tinge. It's heavier than a table wine but that aspect helps here. I've rarely cared for just one red wine but I keep buying this in bulk. We've been buying cases of this for, at least, 4 years and hand it out often.