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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  • Berne Emotion Rose Cotes de Provence 2017

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    Soft watermelon and strawberry aromas. This is smooth on the palate with a tart palate of grapefruit and sour cherry, and a finish of bitter melon rind. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Figuiere Premiere Rose Cotes de Provence 2017

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    Crisp and fresh aromas of white blossom and fruit notes of cherry and strawberry with some tart cranberry. Light and refreshing palate of medium acidity with some oak notes. Fruit character of cherry and watermelon, again nicely crisp and easy drinking with a bit of well integrated wood spice towards the warm finish. 89 pts Read More

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  • Back in the 80’s Chateau Musar and its winemaker Gaston Hochar caused ... from varieties that include Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  “Our whites are delicate and aromatic whilst our reds are rich, fleshy and tannic”, notes Ksara’s Chairman Zafer Chaoui.To complete the French Connection, Ksara’s wine... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region Lurks in the Shadows


  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... blend of grapes - grenache, cinsault, vermentino (rolle), mourvèdre, and counoise - and ferment and age the wine using a blend of vessels, including stainless steel, oak puncheons, and a French oak foudre. The barely there, salmon-pink color of this rosé comes from ... Read More

    From the article Eleventh Hour Valentine's Day Wines


  • Don Pasquale Villa Angeli Rose Corsica 2016

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    Its worth calling out the packaging/bottle here which is very unique and striking. Inviting aromas of strawberry and watermelon on the nose. Just the gentlest hint of sweetness on entry makes way for a soft, buoyant and easy drinking wine with delicate notes of strawberry, fresh peach, cranberry and watermelon with a lively but smooth texture, a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • L'Envol de Familongue Red 2006

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    Wine review by JohnFU


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, over 28 million liters of wine were ... and their lovely Pinot Noir, Cinsault, Pinotage blend called Serenity. Finally, I must mention Storm Pinot Noir (Moya’s) which I tasted here at home and prompted my visit to Hemel en Aarde.  Whether the wines from this region will present an explosive presence in... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region is Trending


  • Mont Gravet Rose 2016

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    This is a Cinsault-based rosé, a classic approach giving way to a refreshing result. Cherry, strawberry and raspberry aromas are distinctly present but quite light. Its a bit more generous on the palate with a candied quality, medium to full body and strawberry fruit; the epitome of easy-drinking. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Have you been drowning in rosé? For most of us it’s a summertime ... ... per bottle. This is a Cinsault-based rosé, a classic approach giving way to a refreshing result. Cherry, strawberry and raspberry aromas are distinctly present but quite light. It’s a bit more generous on the palate with a candied quality, medium to full body and strawbe... Read More

    From the article Summer Rose for Fall & Winter Pairings


  • Coeur de Cardeline Cotes de Provence France Ros'E 2016

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    Wonderful wine with a pleasant effect on the palate, not too dry or tart just a impeccable blending of wines. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


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