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
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  • Frick Winery Cinsault Dry Creek Valley 2008


    had 2011 very good - at girl and fig Read More

    Wine review by amicheli

  • 15 years ago, before I retired, I had a couple of bottles of Chevalier de Bayard. It was the best tasting wine I'd ever had. But now that I'm on a fixed income, I can no longer spend $25 on a bottle of wine.Does anybody have any ideas of what wines are close to it but less expensive?Thank you  Read More

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  • Domaine Roger Sabon Cuvee Reservee Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1999


    I bought this bottle of wine as part of a lot on the website ... and 5% each of mourverde and cinsault from 60 year old vines and spends 18 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of blackcurrant and raspberry style fruit there and the tannins gave it a reserved an... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Thanksgiving wine pairing can be tough. With tons of different flavors and lots ... solid choices.  Cinsault  Cinsault usually used as a blending component in red wines or perhaps on its own as a rosé, actually offers a perfect complement to your Thanksgiving flavors. But I'm not talking about just any Cinsault here, what you want is Cinsault f... Read More

    From the article Off The Beaten Path Thanksgiving Wine Values

  • Adelaida Cellars Version Rose 2013


    Very nice Paso rose. This has nice notes of bright cherry and strawberry, nice refreshing acidity and short to medium finish. This is not an overly complex wine, just something nice and easy to sip on the back porch. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Swartland winery Sadie Family took home a trio of five-star ratings and won ... ... were their 2013 Pofadder Cinsault, their 2012 Palladius and their 2013 Skerpioen. Master of Wine Tim Atkin agreed with the Sadie five-star ratings, as well as Platter's decision to give the estate its Winery of the Year award. He awarded the Pofadder and Pallad... Read More

    From the article Sadie Family Win's South Africa Winery of the Year

  • Box wine, depending on who you ask, is either the future of wine or the ugly ... of blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre reveals classic Cotes du Rhone and offers a combination of taste and complexity that I would be more than happy to drink every day. It ends dry and grippy with more dark fruit and even a bit of graphite mineralit... Read More

    From the article Don't Belittle the Box Wine!

  • Tradition tends to reign supreme in the French wine world (just witness the ... ... and Viognier, Syrah and Cinsault, Petit Verdot and Pinot Noir, as well as Roussanne, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, amongst others). We've pulled out five great wines to illustrate that when it comes to wine, variety really is the spice... Read More

    From the article 5 Fabulous French Wines: Pays d'Oc IGP

  • Gros Nore Bandol Rose 2012


    I stand by my decision, Every, every SE Florida Wine destination should carry a Dry (provence style) Rose and I think I found her again.I love the Dry rose from Bandol. and hope she makes our list @ Barolo. Thanks for the taste Mr. Pascale Parodi of Gros-Nore Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • For acid lovers only. These days that's me so bonus time. First time with ... NV blend if Petite Sirah. Cinsault and Zinfandel. Packed with blood orange, chewy fruit and bracing acidity. Really enjoying this. Not a wine for fans of big jammy fruit. Abe hit the mark for me he Read More

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