Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

There is nothing like getting out of your old rut to provide a fresh outlook on life – or some facet of it.  In this case, I dropped in at a new store.  Not that this merchant  is some hidden treasure.  It’s a chain grocery store in the ilk of Trader Joe’s, Harris Teeter and Whole Foods called Wegman’s.  You probably already know all about it.  I didn’t because there aren’t any very close to my home or work.  Sure, I’d heard reports from friends and associates about the place.  So when I recently had reason to be just across the street from one, I made it my business to drop in.  And what should I find there but a cornucopia of wine selections!  Good grief!  The amount of shelf space they have devoted to the fruit of the vine is easily 3 times that of my local Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.  I could have browsed for hours.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t in that general vicinity because of the store or to buy wine.  Thus, I only came away with one little bottle to sip.  But I’ll be back.  You bet I will!

Winemaker:  Excelsior
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:  2011
Appellation:  Ashton, South Africa
Price:  $6.49 at Wegmans *

Notes:   This Cabernet Sauvignon was a very dark, almost inky garnet (more translucent than transparent) in the glass.  On the nose, I smelled spiced plum, dusty earth, and some menthol.  It was medium-bodied with what I considered moderate tannins.  Alcohol is at 14.5%; acidity was good; and it had some nice legs.  On first pour, the flavors I found were dark fruits (blackberry and black currant), wood, and menthol with a lingering plum on the finish.  After some time to breathe (20 minutes or so), the vibrant blackberry fruit flavor settled to plum.  Black currant as well as wood and menthol (you might call it cedar) remained.  In addition, I tasted coffee grounds, and black pepper.  Overall, I thought it was a pretty darned decent Cabernet in this price range.  In my opinion, this Excelsior would be fine in accompaniment to a nice juicy beef steak or maybe some lamb chops.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

*  Also Whole Foods at $8.99

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3 thoughts on “Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

  1. Hi, Thanks for writing about Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon – we’re glad you like it! Have shared your post on our Facebook page and reblogged this post on our blog, The Horse’s Mouth. Kind regards, Emily

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