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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  • Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2007

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    This was okay for the price. I was a little surprised by the plastic bottle since I'd never gotten that before. I also had tried a 2007 Louis Bernard Cotes Du Rhone that was 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah that was outstanding. So, this suffered from that comparison. Read More

    Wine review by juliakmiller


  • Decided to take a drive over to KL wines in Redwood City because they had 4 bottles of the Tablas Creek 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc (Paso Robles) I was looking for. While there, I picked up a few french wines based on the tasting notes/ and the type of varietals I like. Since I am just beginning to learn about French wines, thought someone... Read More

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  • Michael-David Vineyards Incognito 2005

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    Nice deep ruby red color, aroma of berries, pepper, slight iodine. Dark berries, sweet black cherry.Delicious go-to red wine. Read More

    Wine review by laxgeezer


  • Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner 2007

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    lots of dark fruit and ripe tannins long finish Read More

    Wine review by Corndoc


  • Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by monleal


  • http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/sour-grapes-gallo-victim-of-wine-worlds-biggest-con-1891748.htmlE&J Gallo's 2007 Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir was said by the company to have "the dark fruit aromas and flavours of black cherry and ripe plum". But when a French court case concludes in 10 days' time, the American winery may... Read More

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  • La Vielle Ferme Recolte 2004

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    A nice light red with a short finish. Read More

    Wine review by amcdavid


  • I am just starting to explore French reds.The few Cotes du Rhones that I have tried all seem to be more appealing the second day after having been opened. Maybe I need to try some older vintages that have had a chance to age? So far, most of these examples have been from 2007 and they seem to be overly tart (tannic?).I just tried a Bordeaux fo... Read More

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  • Michael-David Vineyards Incognito 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by terryk927


  • Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by hamiltonzg1


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