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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  • Figueirasse Gris de Gris 2012


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people ... ... is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bottle is corked. I believe it's the latter since the flavor is very much in the wet cardboard arena, typical of TCA... Read More

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  • New world wine make it so easy. It's all written right on the label. Winery ... from these grape varieties:CinsaultCounoiseGrenache noirMourvedreMuscardinPicpoul noirSyrahTennet noirVaccareseI suppose that is good information for the consumer, but there are no rules on how to blend these together.  A bottle of CdP may be a combination of Mourve... Read More

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  • Hi all,Just want to introduce myself. I have recently started taking an interest in wine and have come to the point where I want to start learning more about it. At this point I can identify which lines I like, and which I don’t, but I really hope to be able to take it a step further and understand what makes it so that I like certain wines and ... Read More

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  • Where you drink wine can be important. An overheated or too noisy room or city ... largely abandoned varieties: cinsault and pais.  These were fruity, foursquare wines with no complications. The cinsaults, notably Montes' Outer Limits bottling, had the most structure, the pais the most straight-ahead fruitiness. With at most a few hundred case... Read More

    From the article Wine Where the World Began

  • Jimmy - As Emark says, the wine is from the Languedoc-Rousillon region, but ... Carignan or Grenache, with Cinsault, Syrah, Counoise and Mourvedre also fairly common, as well as Merlot and a few other varieties. Producers aren’t as restricted as they are in other regions so you can get all kinds of blends, including stuff like the Gassac. I be... Read More

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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

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