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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  • Domaine la Croix Belle Coteaux du Languedoc 2004


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    Wine review by DVG

  • Massena 2the Moonlight Run" Barossa Valley 2008


    Nose: meaty, earthy, ripe red berries, cherry, dried figs, liquorice. Palate: Plum, dried fig, tar, raisins, liquorice, with an elegant minerally acid. Very sweet juicy red fruit on the start, with drying savoury tannins on the finish. Good tannin length, beautifully structured and balanced. An interesting and complex wine. Read More

    Wine review by penguinoid

  • Saint Jean de Barroux l'Oligocene 2005


    Needed 1.5 hours decant time (40 min decanter, then back into the bottle for an hour). Paired very well with a Herbs-de-Provence chicken pasta (basil, onion, garlic, thyme, olive oil) and not bad with special Indian dishes (Madras lentils featuring ginger). Wine has strong nose similar in aroma to a port or amaretto and in the mouth spices of ... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • Saint Jean de Barroux l'Oligocene 2005


    This wine 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 cumin, anise, and a bit of cinnamon that seem to surf forward on smooth, drying tannins and dry smooth fruit. One person remarked the wine had a ginger... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • Domaine de la Mordorée Côtes du Rhône la Dame Rousse 2008


    Blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Cinsault. Nice and simple, few tannins. Great party wine. Read More

    Wine review by filtre1983

  • This show specifically deals with Rhone varietals produced in the USA.  ... must have.Frick Winery 2006 Cinsault, Dry Creek Valley.  I am one of these freaks that likes a blending grape done as a single varietal.  I also love Alicante Bouschet done properly.  This cinsault is a spicy, cherry/berry medium bodied gem. Outpost Winery 2007 Petite ... Read More

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  • It seams I recall someone commenting on the 07 vintage in bordeaux being a really outstanding year.  Was going to try and spread my wings a bit into French wines.  Can anybody confirm. 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

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