The 2019 Cinsault is a beautiful light-bodied red, great for summer sippin, with enough body to make it through the winter. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature depending on the weather. Typically used in blending, we love this varietal on its own for its brightness and juicy nature. It's a very approachable red wine, and we've yet to meet someone who didn't enjoy it.
This latest vintage starts with a faint scent of roses and dried cranberries. Swirling this beautiful wine around your glass, reminds us of gemstones - bright and shiny. As you enjoy your first taste you might have thoughts of chocolate, or cherries. But then your mind thinks maybe that was black tea. Whatever it was it's delicious and you smile as you take another sip.
The Rolleri Vineyard off of Murphys Grade Road in Angels Camp has provided our Cinsaut since its inception. The fruit is well tended and benefits from tons of Calaveras sunshine.
Once harvested and brought to the winery in Murphys, the fruit is crushed and open top fermented for a few weeks where it is punched down several times each day. This process helps fermentation and color development of the final wine. Once it is done fermenting, we press off the new wine and transfer to neutral oak barrels to allow the delicate flavor of the Cinsaut grape to come through.
This is our 6th successive vintage of Cinsaut as a single varietal. Typically used as a blending grape, Chuck Hovey found it so enticing on its own back in 2013 that he decided to bottle it as it's own thing. It's a wine club favorite and a great wine to bring to a dinner party, since it's so approachable and pairs well with almost anything.
Food Pairing Notes
In the winter we recommend pairing this with braised meats like Beef Stew or Short Ribs. We also love it in the summer with Caprese Salad, Grilled Swordfish or a wood-fired veggie pizza.