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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  • Intelligent Design Cuvée 2007


    i love this wine nothing goes better with a nice pork chop then this wine. its a perfect food wine, even great with a miso black cod. check it, its worth a look. Read More

    Wine review by afwines

  • Intelligent Design Cuvée 2007


    Love this wine! Complex nose, velvety palate, cherry, cola and bakers spice. Great balance and something that pairs well with most foods. Read More

    Wine review by jsloate

  • Perrin & Fils Côtes du Rhône Reserve 2007


    Nice purple/red color, Medium nose with Mourvedre grape showing. Ripe and red ... Syrah 20%, Mourvedre 10%, Cinsault 10% seem to add complexity and "newness" to the palate. Spicy mid-palate and medium finish. Great with grilled red meat or cheese plate. Not a "fruit bomb", a touch of old meets new for $8.00. Keep a few on han Read More

    Wine review by michaeldesonnaville

  • Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner 2007


    I truly love this wine. You just can't get enough of it. Read More

    Wine review by jcrandall

  •       On Sunday I opened my last bottle of Chateau Saint  Augustin L'Imperial Magnus Premier Cru Classe 2003.This no doubt sounds like a very grand and expensive wine but I am pleased to say it was not pricy.Back in 2007 I went on a trip to Tunisia,a destination I can heartily recomend;great weather,a beautiful and fascinating country,friendly p... Read More

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  • Saint Jean du Barroux N°3 Oligocã¨ne 2005


    The St. Jean de Barroux C. du Ventoux Oligocene 2005 might pair quite well with savory, subtle, and spicy Indian cooking e.g. other than bold curries. Wine has strong nose similar in aroma to a port or amaretto and in the mouth spices of anise, cumin, and a bit of cinnamon that seem to surf forward on smooth, drying tannins and dry smooth fruit.... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • Perrin & Fils Côtes du Rhône Reserve 2007


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    Wine review by nventure

  • Perrin & Fils Côtes du Rhône Reserve 2007


    light, fruity. my hubby described it as a "classic french wine." can't beat the price. Read More

    Wine review by jimnyo

  • Everyone has a favorite "just for fun wine"--one that you drink because it just tastes good. These fun wines are great to fall back on for parties or just enjoying at the end of the day. I had a great "fun" wine this weekend from Debonne Vineyards (Madison, OH) , Razzberry Riesling. The Raspberry brought out the flavors of the Riesling nicely an... Read More

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  • Intelligent Design Cuvée 2007


    What a great find. This was a new wine suggested to us by our waitress the other night and we loved it. Excellent ruby color with a center just a little lighter than the 2005 Silver Oak we had sitting next to it. Aromas of raspberry with hints of caramel and chocolate. The taste up front reminded me of black cherry soda which then transitioned i... Read More

    Wine review by jkagel

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