Cinsault

 

Name of varietal: Cinsault
 
Common synonyms: Cinsaut, Bourdalase, Navarro, Hermitage, Picardan Noir, Ottavienello, Black Malvoisie
 
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Southern France
 
History of the grape: Cinsau(l)t has been growing in Southern France for centuries. In the Rhone and Languedoc regions its primary function is as a supporting player in blends, especially Chateauneuf-du-Pape, adding spice and aromatics, mellowing out harsh tannins. It is also planted widely in countries with sizeable French influence in their wine-making such as Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. It came to the states in the mid-1800s.
 
But perhaps its most important role in wine history took place in South Africa, where in 1925 it was crossed with Pinot Noir by Stellenbosch University Professor A.I. Perold in an attempt to create a unique South African varietal, which became Pinotage
 
Characteristics of the grape: low tannins, dark, spicy, slightly Read more »

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      The history of wine-making in South Africa began as the Dutch East India company establish...

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Cinsault on Snooth

  • Gabriel Meffre Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Saint-Theodoric" 2010

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    This 2010 is quite modern in style with a rather medium body, cherry-garrigue nose and good balance. Not particularly powerful, but has sufficient density to age through the remainder of the decade (2020). Enjoyable now. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I'm always good for some Julian Chivite rose from Navarra, or a ... made with grenache, cinsault, or a mix, although Baker Lane and Horse and Plow made some nice PN and Syrah based roses.  Also, at the risk of wearing you all out, I thoroughly enjoy the Mauritson rose they hand us when we arrive at the winery prior to the vineyard dinner.  It's... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Rose'... wine for summer!


  • So i am getting flooded with emails from various wineries updating on their Rose releases.   Every year is different, and I am interested in hearing what is looking good on the market, world-wide and local.  I enjoy Roses across the board:  CA seems to rank in my high numbers, but I'm sure that is a demographics thing.  I also love some French R... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Rose'... wine for summer!


  • Adelaida Keeper 2010

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    Excellent Rhone blend from Paso based Adelaida. Bright and fruit forward with fresh red cherry, black cherry, plum and a touch of rhubarb. The fruit is well balanced against medium acidity and the alcohol stays somewhat in the background. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Domaine de Pignan Chateauneuf du Pape 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by TommieM


  • Betz Family Besoleil 2011

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    54% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 12% Counoise, 12% Mourvedre, 7% SyrahVery pretty on the nose with a hint of road tar, some spicy herbs, wild strawberry fruit and then a huge garrigue, black fruit, leather and peppery scent emerges as the wine warms in the glass. Big and firm in the mouth, this manages to retain fine transparency on the palate with... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • After a brief introduction to the the state of Washington this past Monday I ... 14.2% $5054% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 12% Counoise, 12% Mourvedre, 7% SyrahVery pretty on the nose with a hint of road tar, some spicy herbs, wild strawberry fruit and then a huge garrigue, black fruit, leather and peppery scent emerges as the wine warms in the gla... Read More

    From the article What's Hot in WA?


  • Yesterday I presented a brief overview of Washington state to help put ... Mourvedre, 4% Grenache, 4% Cinsault With the 2011 vintage this is becoming a blend based on at least 75% Mourvedre Funky and savory on the nose this is filled with umami driven aromas of dried beef, a little fish sauce, and Parmesan. Air brings out lots of cracked black... Read More

    From the article Which Wine in Walla Walla?


  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2012

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    29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Syrah, 22% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, ... Sangiovese, 2% Grenache, 2% Cinsault, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Counoise, 1% Mourvèdre, 1% CarmenereQuite interesting aromatically with nuanced chocolate, game meat, and tobacco notes adding detail to the core of blueberry and black berry fruit. Bright and fresh on e... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gramercy Cellars l'Idiot du Village Columbia Valley 2010

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    80% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, 4% Grenache, 4% CinsaultWith the 2011 vintage this is becoming a blend based on at least 75% MourvedreFunky and savory on the nose this is filled with umami driven aromas of dried beef, a little fish sauce, and Parmesan. Air brings out lots of cracked black peppery-ness along with dark fruit, violets, and salty, mineral... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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