An Excel-lent Wine – Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Despite the terrible pun, Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 is honestly an excellent wine – I was absolutely blown away by its easy drinkability!  This bottle was consumed with what I can only call reckless (lush) abandon.  There are bottles of wine that I open while making dinner and only manage to get through one glass… the rest of the bottle languishes corked on the counter for days until it slowly evolves into something I won’t even classify as vinegar.  Not this bottle! This was consumed by the end of the evening, approximately 2.45 hours after it was initially corked.  An amazingly full-bodied wine with delightful juicy/berry flavors… and despite the high alcohol content of 14.5%, there is no strong backlash burning your mouth, nose, or stomach.  The alcohol is cloaked in the intense flavor of the wine, something I long for in every bottle I open, no matter what grape!  This wine I would definitely recommend as very versatile, I could see drinking it not only on its own (most definitely!), and equally as lovely with a meal.  Although the alcohol is hidden, it definitely helps cut through strong flavors and I could see it accompanying strong cheese as well.  I happened to try this wine with a spicy marinara pasta dish and caprese salad and loved it. 

The Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon is from South Africa, and the back label describes it as “Brimming with abundant blackcurrant aromas, this full-bodied wine is a mouthful of juicy plum flavors.  Delightfully versatile, it makes a delicious partner to a wide variety of foods, including chicken, red meats, game or rich pastas.”   Now after reading the back label, it appears that I have “borrowed” several terms, but what can I say?  Great minds think alike.   

Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – Ballard Market – Approx. $10.00