Cinsault

Cinsault, also known as Cinsaut, plays a crucial role in the red wine blends of Southern France as well as the Pinotage wines of South Africa. In France, it is used as a blending grape in the Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence regions as well as the Southern Rhone. According to our Cinsault wine guide, its main function is to add softness and aromatics to these Grenache, Syrah and Carignan blends. It is fairly low in tannins, yet high in fruit character and acidity making it better suited as a blending varietal. Our Cinsault wine reviews also illustrate its importance in the South African wine region. Pinotage, one of the most widely planted varietals in the country, is actually a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault. These wines tend to have a red berry characteristic with notes of spice and earth. While you may find some Cinsault bottled on its own, its role in the red blends and Pinotage wines of South Africa is most prominent in our Cinsault wine ratings.

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92
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A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines 2012 Cape Winemakers Guild Kalmoesfontein Ramnasgras Cinsault (Swartland)

Winemaker: Adi Badenhorst. This is a bright, vibrant, complex and layered selection, with stunning, earthy aromas of fresh wild strawberry, raspberry, fynbos, hop flower and white pepper. The palate offers more of the same, with nuance and balance between the fruity flavors and floral, herbal elements. Medium weight, with approachable tannins and a lightly peppery…

 — L.B.  (9/29/2014)
92
points

Dusted Valley 2011 Cinsaut Stone Tree Vineyard Cinsault (Wahluke Slope)

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A rare, arresting varietal bottling of Cinsault—forget for a moment that it’s also vineyard designated. It boasts intoxicating notes of fresh boysenberries, cherries, herbs, and peppery spice. It’s silky and fruit filled with an incredible sense of freshness and purity that is nothing short of dazzling.

 — S.S.  (7/1/2013)
91
points

Phoenix Ranch 2010 Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault (Lodi)

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This 100% old-vine Cinsault preserves the vineyard’s earthiness in a unique wine aged in neutral French oak. It’s light and bright, tasting of savory rhubarb, with soft layers of spice and a lingering, easy finish.

 — V.B.  (6/1/2012)
90
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Michael David 2012 Ancient Vine Cinsault (Lodi)

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Taste history in this Rhône varietal made from the oldest vines in Lodi, and one of the few plantings of Cinsault in the state. It is so smooth and polished it could almost be a Pinot Noir. Full-bodied but soft textured, it offers ripe fruit aromas, generous and satisfying fruit flavors and a rich, lingering finish.

 — J.G.  (10/1/2014)
90
points

Chilcas 2013 Single Vineyard Cinsault (Itata Valley)

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Rose petal and strawberry aromas meet the definition of friendly. This is a focused wine with Old World character. Flavors of plum, raspberry and integrated wood and vanilla lead to a long, smooth finish with sweet, complex red-fruit and floral flavors. It hails from the southerly Itata Valley, where old-vines vineyards rule.

 — M.S.  (11/1/2014)
90
points

Onesta 2011 Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault (Lodi)

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Made by Jillian Johnson, who long ago fell in love with the Bechthold Vineyard and whose last few vintages were under the Phoenix Ranch name. This is her first Onesta Cinsault. Shy, it takes some coaxing to reveal itself, blossoming into a textured, lean mix of the vineyard’s classic rhubarb flavor with a bit of strawberry mixed in. Streaks of spicy pepper come to…

 — V.B.  (11/1/2013)
89
points

Michael David 2011 Bechthold Vineyard Ancient Vine Cinsault (Lodi)

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This Cinsault is a departure for Michael David in that it’s hardly oaked, leaner and more subtle in flavor and aroma than many of its other signature wines, a testament to both the 130-year-old Bechthold Vineyard and fine farming. Floral, it delights in cranberry and raspberry with a hint of peppery spice.

 — V.B.  (11/1/2013)
89
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Viña Bisquertt 2013 Crazy Rows Cinsault (Itata Valley)

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Jammy red-berry aromas precede a palate that is round, chunky and fairly tannic. Flavors of buttery black fruits are pleasing but simple, while the finish is bright, bold and balanced. The wine is reasonably complex and well worth a go.

 — M.S.  (11/1/2014)
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