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Staff Pick

Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon - 2017

Item # 11085 750mL
$10.96 $7.96 / Single Bottle
You Save 27%
$131.52 $85.97/ Case of 12
You Save 35%
Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

Darkly colored, giving aromas of ripe plums and blackberries. Intensely flavored with sweet fruit - plums, blackberries, black currants, and a bit of spice.

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Staff Pick Notes

One of the things I'm always on the look out for is value. I love discovering wines that aren't just good, they're surprisingly good given the price. In the under $10 category this delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa just launched to the head of the pack. The grapes are grown on a seam of limestone in the Roberston region, 100 miles east of Cape Town. It's a hot dry valley known for its rich, fruit-driven wines, and while the Excelsior fits that profile it is not in any way overripe or jammy. The plush dark fruit is counterbalanced by gentle tannins and fresh acidity. It's rich without being weighty. If you're looking for a crowd-pleasing red for your next party or a bottle for Tuesday night dinner, look no further. This wine is a steal.


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South Africa

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