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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  • 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

  • Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner 2007


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    Wine review by joinerz

  • L'Envol de Familongue Red 2006


    nose: fresh, intensive but delicate. Cherries ( this bit syntetic kind of cherry aroma) and fruits of the forest. spicy touch on the edge.mouth: medium-bodied, suits the nose ( cherry). Nice acidity, well balanced, good pairing with dishes. Finish is long and bit peppery - even though I most often dislike spicy wines ( cheap wines tend to have t... Read More

    Wine review by lucto

  • Château de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge 2008


    I asked the man for a Zinfandel like the Rombauer Zin. For $26.75, I sure need a lot more. It was just another zin. Major flaw is being overpriced. Read More

    Wine review by patsull65

  • Domaine de Fenouillet Côtes du Ventoux Rosé 2009


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    Wine review by brigidkav

  • Intelligent Design Cuvée 2007


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    Wine review by WesleyAshley

  • Perrin & Fils Côtes du Rhône Reserve 2007


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    Wine review by prennyjay

  • 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

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