CINSAUT 2019 Dry Creek Valley
Tasting Notes: Bright purple. Floral fruit with soft dusty spice nose. Berry fruits and raspberry leaf. Dried red currant, ripe strawberry. Caramel taffy, vanilla and florals. Medium body invites another sip.
The Grape: Found in the Southern Rhone where it is most often found as component of Rhône blends and Rose. The grape has big clusters of olive shaped large juicy berries, Color is light purple. The berries have lush sweet fruit flavors, small seeds and soft tannin.
The Vineyards: Here in Dry Creek Valley Cinsaut grows in Estate Owl Hill Vineyard and Red Bench Vineyard. This bottle is from one of my best discoveries 31 years ago when I found Red Bench Vineyard hidden on the western bench of Dry Creek. Head pruned (not trellised) cinsaut vines grow there in red, dusty clay, non-irrigated (dry farmed), soil. Just over an acre of now 66 year old cinsaut vines. Old dry farmed vines yield a naturally balanced crop of lush fruity grapes.
The Wine The original 100% varietal Cinsaut was pioneered by Frick in 1989. The Cinsaut grape has a fruit character of cherry, strawberry, plum and raspberry as tasted in this wine.
Drink now to 2027. Only 294 cases produced.
Serve with: a favorite with turkey, bean salad, cambozola cheese, pasta al pesto, BBQ chicken, peanut butter & jelly sandwich, chicken fried steak, pad thai, halibut, squab, quail, fried catfish, guinea fowl, duck breast, margarita pizza, filet steak, salami & cheese