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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  • OT, I agree.   For my palate, the zin was too hot and big. I ... one ... ... one of the bloggers said Cinsault.   I would be interested in tasting the syrah as well, but really like some I am tasting out of SCM.  Lighter, black pepper, olive, red fruit... yum.VTs seem to be big for the bloggers with the hashtags and all.... I just try to read ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • Sandra & I are feeling good tonight, because we came home from meeting with ... Syrah, 5% Mourverde and 5% Cinsault.  Upon our first taste, we both said, "This is nice"!  I think I picked this one up at Total Wine a few months ago; I seem to remember that it was the last 2009 on their shelf.  Lucky m Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Hi everyone, This thread is dedicated to your thoughts about the wines of Lodi, more specifically for those who attend next week's virtual tasting. Here is a link to the virtual tasting page: tasting will take place next Wednesday, June 3rd, at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Pacific.         ... Read More

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  • While California's vineyards and associations have done well to discuss and ... plants to grow; grenache, cinsault, mourvedre,” Gregory told Parente. “It’s hot as hell there, you know in that region. And cabernet is likely to be the first to go. That one, it needs rain.”  Farmers, Parente said, are ditching dry farming – rain is virtually non-e... Read More

    From the article Seco in the South: Mexican Vineyards Suffer From Drought, Too

  • Beat the heat with the pale princess.  That's the advice of Eric ... ... mourvedre, with a bit of cinsault and grenache, and is lovely, with mineral and licorice flavors that linger.”  Chateau Simone’s Palette Rosé 2013 was on the high-end of the list, with a price tag of $65. “The ‘13 is pure, substantial and deep, with light berry flavors an... Read More

    From the article New York Times is Ready for Summer, Rose

  • Ortas le Grand Jas Côtes du Rhône 2013


    Rather dark for a CdR with lots of dark fruit on the nose. Sweet dark fruit on entry with little acid and soft tannins. Long finish with a nice bit of redeming licorice. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Cinsault makes nice rose, but the reds I've had would make you want to drink white, thereby solving the problem. Freisa is hardly available in Italy, so you have little chance of finding it in the US, IMO.  It's related to nebbiolo, or so I've read, so it is surprising to find that it is low in tannin. This article says it isn't, but then again ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic which are the least tannic...

  • Once again, there are low-tannin grapes and low-tannin wines and they're ... it's less than inspiring.Cinsault and Counoise are both relatively lower in tannin than some of the other reds and they're grown in CA and WA so you may be able to get some, but usually they're in blends..&nbs Read More

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  • I have just read the most illuminating post I have ever read, "which red wines are most tannic", wow guys great details and some useful info.  But I'm most interested in the least tannic red wines.Reason?I have gout and tannins play havoc on gout and while I still want to try and enjoy Red Wine, esp good red wine I can longer drink medium or hig... Read More

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  • La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rouge 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy

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