Tag: Cinsault

Tranche Estate Pink Pape Rosé 2019, Washington State

Happy National Rosé Day! Here’s my contribution.

Very light salmon in color.

Great nose of grapefruits, citrus, earth, white wildflowers, roses, vegetables, spices and white pepper.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, light raspberries, green apples, earth, dried herbs, spices and black pepper.

Nice tangy finish with almonds and grapefruits.

This is a nice and crisp Rosé from Yakima Valley. Spicy and interesting.

What a great nose on these Rosé.
Feels much like an old world wine. Earthy and a good food wine and better when properly chilled. Gets earthier as it opens up.

I paired it with Cheeses and crackers and enjoyed it by the pool.

A blend of 42% Grenache, 23% Counoise and 35% Cinsault.

88 points.

12.8% alcohol by volume.


Massaya Vineyards Bekaa Valley Le Colombier 2017, Lebanon

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Nose of cherries, black currants, oak, licorice, spices, wet leaves, earth, herbs, green vegetables, graphite and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, black currants, plums, vanilla, licorice, oak, earth, light vegetables, tobacco, dark chocolates, herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. A nice red blend from Lebanon. Fruit forward right out of the bottle, and gets earthier as it opens up.

Good by itself or with food. A good everyday wine to sip on. I paired it with a vegetarian burger and fries.

A blend of 35% Grenache, 35% Cinsault and 30% Tempranillo. Grapes are grown at around 3,000 feet elevation.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.


Château Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010, Rhone, France

This is a very enjoyable CDP. Showing black fruits with chocolates, earth, wood, vanilla, vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, spices, peppercorn, leather, vinaigrette and tobacco leaf.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and very yummy. At this point it is showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a from a great vintage, Drinking, very nicely now, and will age nicely in the next 10 years.

Robert Parker 94 points.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. Aged in stainless steel vats (70%) and new oak barrels (30%).

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.