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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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Mythique Languedoc Grenache Cinsault 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Continuing on last week’s great start  with Ben Carter, introducing ... ... some syrah, mourvedre, cinsault or other Rhone grape in the blend.  A personal favorite is the Domaine La Garrigue Vacqueyras which can be found for under $20.Red - dislikeAgain, I will stick with style instead of a specific wine. There are a few characteristics that ... Read More

    From the article Getting to know: Clifford Brown


  • I believe I have Dmcker to thank for endorsing Charbono in another thread.Got roped into a dinner last night when I should have been on my way home to my family...and it would have been especially painful if I didn't know to order the Charbono on the short by the glass menu. This was the most satisfying Napa wine I can remember, probably eclipsi... Read More

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  • Chateau la Mascaronne Quat'Saisons 2013

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    This Provencal Rose from a very well-known producer is an elegant example of wine for which this ancient Roman province was renown for centuries. The nose is crushed red currant, red huckleberry and strawberry - almost perfume. On the palate, there is, following a suave entry, a balanced effusion of strawberry and red currant that remains surp... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Tavel Domaine Maby la Forcadiere Rhone 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop in Wiltshire [www.yapp.co.uk ... ... Grenache noir,27% cinsault and the rest a mix of bourboulenc, carignan, clairette, grenache blanc, mourverde, syrah and piquepoul. I started my bottle last night with my supper of tuna salad and I did enjoy it. It is not too dry and there is a lot of a cherr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Corbieres Saint-Felix de Castelmaure 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • In my continuing coverage from this year’s prowein, additional ... blend ... blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan, Musar’s flagship wine is like the proverbial box of chocolates each year. Sometimes dry, other’s with a touch of sweetness, varying levels of VA, some mysterious aromatics in their youth. They, like their white count... Read More

    From the article The Greatest Wine You've Never Heard of?


  • Chateau Musar 1977

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    This is simply stunning on the nose with layers of oyster shells, earthy, wild cherry, and icy medicinal aromas and just a hint of diesel. Bright and juicy in the mouth, this shows really transparent and bright red fruits framed with nuanced earth and dried brush notes. Its elegant and a bit short but shows greater freshness than the 1979 today.... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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