Excelsior Cabernet 2009

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87 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): Bright dark red. Currant, blackberry and licorice aromas show a...

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Smooth, not too heavy. Good bouquet. Read more

Open-knit, with sweet grape, plum and toast flavors and a round, slightly jammy finish. Drink now. Read more

One might think by the name that this international-style Cabernet would come from New York State. But lo and behold, it hails from South Africa. B... Read more

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Snooth User: carolionking
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07/25/2011

Smooth, not too heavy. Good bouquet.


External Reviews for Excelsior Cabernet

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Open-knit, with sweet grape, plum and toast flavors and a round, slightly jammy finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

One might think by the name that this international-style Cabernet would come from New York State. But lo and behold, it hails from South Africa. Beginning on the nose, there is black currant present with a hint of thyme. The wine is fruit forward, plummy and possesses notes of black cherry; the fruit is carried by a fair amount of oak and sweet tannins. This is an unbelievable value and makes a great everyday wine; good enough for company.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Dark plum red in color with a nose of black currant, plum, earth and spice. Medium-full in body, it is dry with moderate acidity and soft, ripe tannins. It offers rich, intense flavors of plums, black currant and toasty oak, and a long, smooth finish. Well balanced to enjoy now and over the next 5-6 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Fresh and grapey, with some black cherry and sweet chocolate notes as well. Not as rich as the previous vintages, but still a great value. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A Cabernet from South Africa with great pedigree, Excelsior has consistently provided solid varietal wines with exceptional character. Full-bodied, with ripe blackberry and cassis flavors on a chewy, dense frame. Surprisingly complex, layered and delicious for an everyday favorite.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

This smooth, friendly Cab starts with aromas of lush blackberry and plum, leading into spicy, juicy flavors of black fruit and berries. Round, soft and food-friendly, it's an elegant everyday sip for varied palates.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Bright dark red. Currant, blackberry and licorice aromas show a candied quality and a touch of reduction. In a sweetish style, with good intensity and harmonious acidity to the dark berry flavors. Hints of menthol and mint on the slightly stunted finish. Will this reduced wine show more give with another 6 to 12 months in bottle?


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Winemaker's Notes:

87 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): Bright dark red. Currant, blackberry and licorice aromas show a candied quality and a touch of reduction. In a sweetish style, with good intensity and harmonious acidity to the dark berry flavors... (Mar/Apr 2011)

87 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): Bright dark red. Currant, blackberry and licorice aromas show a candied quality and a touch of reduction. In a sweetish style, with good intensity and harmonious acidity to the dark berry flavors... (Mar/Apr 2011)

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