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2004 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa ($10)


This elegant, full-bodied red wine delivers exceptional value for the price. Where in the past South African wines tended toward rusticity, this cabernet has been crafted in a smooth, international style (not what you want in a $100 wine, but great for $10). There are generous flavors of black currants, black cherry and plums. The tannins are soft enough to allow you to drink it now but firm enough to let it age for three to six years. Serve with red meat, pasta, pizza.

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