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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  • Michael-David Vineyards Incognito 2005


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    Wine review by kiltedchef

  • I am sure this will be a taboo subject, but with the economy the way it is, does anyone have suggestions on a good (read acceptable) box wine? I vacillate between reds and whites, but tend to shy away from really heavy reds as a "daily drink". I know it may be too much to ask (or for some to admit), but any suggestions would be appreciated.Mike Read More

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  • Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2007


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    Wine review by olkarls

  • Château de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge 2008


    We always enjoy wines from Orin Swift and Saldo is no exception! Has a lot of zip to it so it's a nice complement to a big, juicy burger. Read More

    Wine review by sophiehudson

  • does anyone know of a reasonable spicey wine for autumn? I've heard Beringer makes a 'wirches brew' but can't find it anywhere....any one?   Read More

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  • Bonny Doon Vineyard le Cigare Volant a Selection of Wines Or Other Items Usa Santa Cruz 2006


    Twist and pour at 72 deg F. Deep dark red color. Nose with hints of barnyard, ... 44% syrah, 44% grenache, 12% cinsault, dash of mourvedre and carignane. Note: after 12 hrs at 50 deg F showed very rich neither sweet nor sour fruit that dominated the wine ... tasty in a Aussie heavy-fruited manne Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • La Vielle Ferme Red 2007


    Great basic French table red. Nice blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carigan and Cinsault grapes. Full of fruit, a little spicy, but smooth. Good body. Produced by the Perrin family; same group known for Chateau de Beaucastel. Really wish I could find more. Read More

    Wine review by TikiA

  • Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner 2007


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    Wine review by doogermeister

  • It has been awhile for me tasting these.. I used to like these wines a lot (I ... (I ... rousanne, marsanne, cinsault, petite syrah, and syrah (kinda in that order Read More

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  • Château de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge 2008


    Some sharp cheese nose, like a hard parmesan. Some sulfur tones on the nose. Lots of salinity on the palate. White pepper. Spice. Some straw. Red berries show through, but it's a tad unbalanced for me.- Tasted at Schreiner's Winers zin tasting 9/18/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

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