Excelsior Cabernet Sauvginon 2005 Wine Review (NW)
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!