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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Cinsault on Snooth

  • Les Vignes des Precheurs Tavel 2013

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    Really nice Tavel rose. Some strawberry/rhubarb and subtle bing cherries on the palate with nice acidity and a clean finish. Excellent summer deck wine. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mas des Collines Vacqueyras Red Rhone 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • With rose season in full swing I’m a little surprised at the paucity of ... ... $15 79% Syrah, 14% Cinsault, 7% Counoise  Almost plummy on the nose with it’s dark fruit and slightly dried character, there’s some green spice here and a vaguely leathery note as well. Both acid and round at the same time, this is a wine of texture, slippery and ... Read More

    From the article 5 Fabulous Roses


  • Renegade Wine Co. Rose Columbia Valley 2013

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    79% Syrah, 14% Cinsault, 7% Counoise Almost plummy on the nose with its dark fruit and slightly dried character, theres some green spice here and a vaguely leathery note as well. Both acid and round at the same time, this is a wine of texture, slippery and smooth and very well balanced but for me it lacks a bit of refreshing angularity that a l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Caves Saint-Pierre Châteauneuf-du-Pape le Fiacre du Pape 2010

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    Despite running it through an aerator and sitting in my glass for thirty minutes; this wine was tight. Good red fruit on the front end, nice acid balance and then some of the greenest tannins I've come across. By the second day the tannins had smoothed out a bit but not much. 87pts. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Sorry, haven't been on here for a couple days so I thought it was time to ... consisted of grenache and cinsault and were light and crisp, bright red cherry and strawberry with mouth watering acidity. The reds here were also really good. Loads of dark fruit, plum, some earthiness, medium fine grained tannins and layers of flavors rounded out b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Merci - Provence 2014


  • Oy.. Julia.. funny thing.  When I started on Snooth back in 2009, I was ... Mourvedre, Cinsault,  other red or white blends..  I drink rose, many white blends, syrahs that lighter, and a TON of pinot!  Domestic and abroad...You mentioned an Albarino in your blog.. I love Albarino, and would recommend, here in CA, Pierce Ranch for Albarino, as w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs


  • Hello All,We're traveling from Portland to Napa along the Oregon Coast. Would love your recommendations for:1.  An exceptional vineyard tasting room near McMinnville.2. An association or coop, or other tasting facility that represents numerous Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs, again near McMinnville.Thanks very much, Carbonunit1 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs


  • The last Charbono I had was a couple years ago from Mt. Palomar WInery.  I ... ... bottlings of Cortese and Cinsault.  Again, perfectly functional wines, but I would not necessarily encourage anyone to seek them ou Read More

    Forum post in the topic Charbono


  • Mythique Languedoc Grenache Cinsault 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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