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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  • Domaine les Deux Cols Cuvée d'Alizé 2015


    clear, deep purple; clean, pronounced nose of blackberry, blackcurrant, cherry, mint and cedar; dry, acidic and medium tannins, medium body, red cherries, raspberry, strawberry, mint, stones, shellfish, medium finish; felt that the seafood hints in such a bottle was quite surprising! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Mullineux Family Wines Kloof Street Swartland Rouge 2009


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    Wine review by CageyT

  • Provence is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world. While ... ... is a blend crafted of Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Tibouren. The blending process is up to the discretion of the winemaker. Furthermore, even the process used to make rosé (direct pressing or maceration/bleeding) is up to each winemaker. However, in t... Read More

    From the article A different way to think about pink wine

  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

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  • Two nice Washington Wines tonight.  Jones Cabernet Sauvignon is on Day 3 ... the best.  The Carideas Cinsault was good with Italian food for dinne Read More

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  • Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas 2006


    I bought this bottle of wine for £13.50 from the website ... being syrah,mourverde and cinsault.The vines averaged at 60 years old and the wine was aged in oak barrels.2006 was the last year the estate only produced one cuvee of red Gigondas for in subsequent years there were two.I started my bottle last night with my pork chop and I did enjoy ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Cuvee Henri Fabre Rose Cotes de Provence 2015


    pineapples and grapefruit, quite refreshing Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • La Vieille Ferme Ventoux Red 2015


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    Wine review by chriscage

  • This is not your first Thanksgiving rodeo. It's not ours, either. We've ... winner this year was Onesta Cinsault from Lodi, California. The same bottle was recommended by two of our writers! The RhôneWhen I think of Thanksgiving wines, I think of Rhône varieties. And when I think of domestic Rhône varieties, I have to look locally. Texas is pro... Read More

    From the article The Ultimate Thanksgiving Wine List

  • There’s no doubt about it: The wines of Lodi, California, have won the ... ... Becthold Vineyard. These Cinsault vines were first planted in 1886. Photo credit: Randy Caparoso, Read More

    From the article Lodi Is Changing The Way We Think About Wine

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