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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  • Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner 2007


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    Wine review by Levi920

  • Château Pourcieux Rosé Blend Côtes de Provence Rosé 2009


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    Wine review by jeffmacintyre

  • Bosquet des Papes Côtes du Rhône Côtes du Rhône 2006


    60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Cinsault; aged in oak for 8-10 months. Purple color with aromas of blackberry, oak, and a touch of sweetness. This is a medium- bodied fruity wine with modest tannins and a soft finish. This is a decent, everyday wine (with an alcohol level of 14%) is well-balanced and a good value. Read More

    Wine review by r sprezzatura

  • This week’s installment of "stuffing your cellar on a Happy Meal budget" ... ... (there’s some Cinsault, Grenacha, and Carignane in these blends), it really expresses the character of Mourvedre in all its savage glory. These are wines that should be in everybody’s cellar. No kidding.Syrah & Grenache for the Budget-Conscious CollectorEdmunds S... Read More

    From the article Stocking Up on Syrah

  • Michael-David Vineyards Incognito 2005


    This wine is a staple in my house. Great anytime wine at a reasonable price. Read More

    Wine review by monleal

  • Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner 2007


    Big rich nose yet not overdone with currants, dusty fruit and an obvious oak kiss. The palate is velvety smooth with a semi-sweet mid-palate performance as it shows red and blue fruits with cinnamon gram cracker. Nice, long fruity finish. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah. Viognier. Grenache. Cinsault Franschoek 2008


    Intense spicy notes on the nose which is supported by ripe plum, black fruit and violet aromas. The wine has a grippy acidity and well integrated tannins with a well textured and rounded mouth feel. Long, elegant and succulent finish with superb structure from the Cabernet Sauvignon. Read More

    Wine review by LiveTheLife

  • Syncline Red Rhone Blend Columbia Valley Subduction 2008


    the finale of of my weekend of french varietal blends made in America. Very ... Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre, Cinsault, Counoise, Carignan. I have never tasted anything like this before. Literally tastes like fresh plums. Decanted and developed beautifully. Paired it with Chicken/turkey mozzarella infused italian flavored meatballs with mashed... Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Le Cigare Volant 2003


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    Wine review by Cocacola13

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cinsault Columbia Valley Limited Release 2007


    Like all limited release wines from CSM, this wine is typically only available to members of their wine club. It is worth searching out. The nose is a delightful play of ripe red raspberries and red cherries. On the palate, the wine's soft tannins are well integrated with the vanilla, rainier cherry and light smoky flavors. CSM's offering pay... Read More

    Wine review by Diverdandog

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