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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  • 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

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  • Le Cigare Volant 2004


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  • Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2007


    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


    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


    lots of dark fruit and ripe tannins long finish Read More

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    Wine review by monleal

  • 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


    A nice light red with a short finish. Read More

    Wine review by amcdavid

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