October 4, 2008 |
Cinsaut is in!
2008 is a blockbuster year for this variety (of which there is very little planted). The low yields of this year have created some very pretty, yet intense flavors. Don't know much about this grape? Wikipedia says:
Cinsaut or Cinsault (pronounced "san-so") is a red wine grape, whose heat tolerance and productivity make it important in Languedoc-Roussillon and the former French colonies of Algeria and Morocco. It is often blended with grapes such as Grenache and Carignane to add softness and bouquet. Cinsaut is the fourth most widely-planted grape variety in France (even more than Cabernet Sauvignon!), and is especially important in Southern France.
It just so happens that we were trying out a very expensive sorting table on the day that I brought this fruit in, resulting in some hardcore sorting out of MOG (material other than grapes) and some very pristine fruit. Expect great things from Bright Red and Pale Pink in '08!