Over the next couple of weeks we’re changing pace from summer whites and trying some delicious red wines that can be enjoyed in warmer weather. Cinsault is a red wine grape mostly used in blends like the reds of the Southern France and there is a lot of it! As of 2010, there were about 90,000 acres of vines making it the 25th most grown grape.
This week’s episode we discuss:
- Where it’s grown?
- What climate is best?
- Flavor characteristics
- Food pairings
Birichino Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault 2015 – priced around $23. This wine has aromas of cherries, fennel, blueberry, earth, leather, and a hint of floral. With light tannins and medium acidity it’s perfect for the heat of summer with flavors of dried herbs, red berries, dust and a black plum skins on the finish. This wine is not fruit-forward but more savory, earthy and rustic and it’s delicious with food or on it’s own. We felt a real sense of satisfaction when drinking this wine.
La Boutanche Martin Texier Cinsault 2016 – priced around $21. Strong aromas of fennel, dust, violets and blackcurrants. Also, it has light tannins and medium acid with flavors of red fruit like red plum, leather (like licking a leather bag), with a hint of bitterness on the finish. This wine is less rustic, more refined and less intense than the previous wine and meant for food.
So if you are looking for a red for summer we recommend trying one of these Cinsault wines. Also, leave us you comments and recommendations below.
- Wine Cooler Direct
- Serious Eats
- That Useful Wine Site
- Book: Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours