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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  • Lampe de Meduse Cru Classé Rosé 2014


    Really nice Provence rose. Light salmon color with watermelon and a hint of mint on the nose. On the palate is lively citrus, tart bing cherry, a touch of melon, lively acidity and a medium long finish. Very refreshing and enjoyable, and the bottle is kind of neat also. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Les Closiers Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010


    This wine was purchased in The Hague to augment the closure of the day spent in Amsterdam. It is about 80% Grenache and exudes the aroma of crushed red currant, cherry whips and Kirsch. A bit untamed on the palate but full of aforesaid red fruit and gentle tannin. Worthy. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Rosé Miraval Aoc Côtes de Provence Max. 6 Flaschen Pro Haushalt 2012


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    Wine review by pkaliner

  • How many female winemakers and vineyard owners do you know? A few months ago, ... a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre, made using traditional methods and malolactic fermentation and aged in concrete tanks to produce a supple, well-balanced and mouth-filling wine with nicely integrated tannins. A nose of blackcurrant and cherry d... Read More

    From the article A Question of Women in Wine

  • There’s nothing quite like having wine friends. After all, our mutual ... To stand among the oldest Cinsault vineyard in the world (1886) was a sight to behold. To then taste several distinct offerings from those very vines only enhanced that. Wine geek? Guilty as charged I suppose.*Editor's Note: The grapes from Lodi's famed Bechthold Vineyar... Read More

    From the article Lodi Wines: Past, Present, Future

  • OT, I agree.   For my palate, the zin was too hot and big. I ... one ... ... one of the bloggers said Cinsault.   I would be interested in tasting the syrah as well, but really like some I am tasting out of SCM.  Lighter, black pepper, olive, red fruit... yum.VTs seem to be big for the bloggers with the hashtags and all.... I just try to read ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • Sandra & I are feeling good tonight, because we came home from meeting with ... Syrah, 5% Mourverde and 5% Cinsault.  Upon our first taste, we both said, "This is nice"!  I think I picked this one up at Total Wine a few months ago; I seem to remember that it was the last 2009 on their shelf.  Lucky m Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Hi everyone, This thread is dedicated to your thoughts about the wines of Lodi, more specifically for those who attend next week's virtual tasting. Here is a link to the virtual tasting page: tasting will take place next Wednesday, June 3rd, at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Pacific.         ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • While California's vineyards and associations have done well to discuss and ... plants to grow; grenache, cinsault, mourvedre,” Gregory told Parente. “It’s hot as hell there, you know in that region. And cabernet is likely to be the first to go. That one, it needs rain.”  Farmers, Parente said, are ditching dry farming – rain is virtually non-e... Read More

    From the article Seco in the South: Mexican Vineyards Suffer From Drought, Too

  • Beat the heat with the pale princess.  That's the advice of Eric ... ... mourvedre, with a bit of cinsault and grenache, and is lovely, with mineral and licorice flavors that linger.”  Chateau Simone’s Palette Rosé 2013 was on the high-end of the list, with a price tag of $65. “The ‘13 is pure, substantial and deep, with light berry flavors an... Read More

    From the article New York Times is Ready for Summer, Rose

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