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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  • Pinotage is a Brady Bunch grape. It was created by enmeshing two previously ... ... When Pinot Noir meets Cinsault, together they create Pinotage. In honor of International Pinotage Day on October 10th, we take a look back at the history and peek into the future of Pinotage. Sometime in 1925, Stellenbosch University professor Abraham Izak Per... Read More

    From the article Pinotage Wines Take Center Stage


  • A listy Buzzfeed article made a resurgence this week after it was included in a ... Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault and Pinot Noir.” With the ubiquitous nature of Rosé now out in the open, it would do newbies well to realize that there are two types of Rosé: dry and not-so-dry.  The dry stuff is the hallmark of European  – and particularly... Read More

    From the article Buzzfeed Adds To Rose Lore With List Of "Eight Things You Didn't Know"


  • Caves d'Eclans Whispering Angel Rose 2014

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    Those whispering angels can be very persuasive..taking an unassuming wine and ... a smidge of Vermentino and Cinsault. Bright salmon in color with a soft orange hue. The nose is of white peach, strawberry, and pineapple an Angels fruit salad? Medium body with fresh and creamy undertones. Flavors of strawberry, ripe red cherry, fresh pineapple,... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • NG, Frick was one of the first wineries we visited during our 2010 trip. Bill ... noticed that we enjoyed the cinsault but actually liked the single varietal carignane even more. According to their website they are still going strong. Now you have me thinking that we'll have to make a return visit next time ou Read More

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  • Ok, as far as something different, I have, IN THE PAST, really enjoyed Frick ... Winery's single varietal Cinsault.  I had it at Rhone Rangers several years ago, and again sooner.  Rarely do you find a single varietal Cinsault.  It was peppery and fantastic.  I will have to see if he's still making one, and maybe source a bottle.  OT, have you... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Lampe de Meduse Cru Classé Rosé 2014

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    Really nice Provence rose. Light salmon color with watermelon and a hint of mint on the nose. On the palate is lively citrus, tart bing cherry, a touch of melon, lively acidity and a medium long finish. Very refreshing and enjoyable, and the bottle is kind of neat also. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Les Closiers Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010

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    This wine was purchased in The Hague to augment the closure of the day spent in Amsterdam. It is about 80% Grenache and exudes the aroma of crushed red currant, cherry whips and Kirsch. A bit untamed on the palate but full of aforesaid red fruit and gentle tannin. Worthy. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Rosé Miraval Aoc Côtes de Provence Max. 6 Flaschen Pro Haushalt 2012

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    Not very flavorful Read More

    Wine review by pkaliner


  • How many female winemakers and vineyard owners do you know? A few months ago, ... a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre, made using traditional methods and malolactic fermentation and aged in concrete tanks to produce a supple, well-balanced and mouth-filling wine with nicely integrated tannins. A nose of blackcurrant and cherry d... Read More

    From the article A Question of Women in Wine


  • There’s nothing quite like having wine friends. After all, our mutual ... To stand among the oldest Cinsault vineyard in the world (1886) was a sight to behold. To then taste several distinct offerings from those very vines only enhanced that. Wine geek? Guilty as charged I suppose.*Editor's Note: The grapes from Lodi's famed Bechthold Vineyar... Read More

    From the article Lodi Wines: Past, Present, Future


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