Like a Friday night with your best friends, this wine immediately puts you in a good mood.
It’s fun, refreshing, and most importantly, doesn’t require a sommelier certification to appreciate it’s best qualities. But before you worry that it isn’t worthy of a special occasion, let me say that you’ll love its elegant bouquet of raspberry, violet, and black tea, and a satisfying subtle smoky finish, making it the absolute perfect bottle to kick off the weekend, celebrate some good news, or simply turn a Tuesday into something special.
Cinsault has been disregarded for years as a mere blending grape in southern regions of France and throughout the southern hemisphere. But there’s a renaissance emerging, illustrated by plenty of high-quality Cinsault coming on the market and, some outdated less than stellar reputations to be shattered. Think of Cinsault as our talented winemaker Pedro Parra described it for Decanter magazine, ‘It tastes like a brother of Pinot Noir, delicate with beautiful, complex perfumed aromas, great minerality and also freshness. Somewhere between Pinot Noir, Gamay and Mencía… In a bad site, the wine is bad – much like Grenache and Carignan. But in Itata, the decomposed granite and quartz offer ideal conditions for Cinsault.’
Pairs beautifully with:
~ Spice-rubbed lamb chops with roasted tomatoes
~ Grilled salmon with chanterelles
~ Spicy grilled chicken with crunchy fennel salad
~ Grilled flatbread with mushrooms, ricotta, and herbs