Cinsault is grown throughout Southern France and most notably used as a blending grape in the Rhone Valley’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It is a major component of most Provence Rose wines. It is planted in Washington in small quantities. It requires plenty of warmth and is resistant to drought and strong winds. Robert Ramsay Cellars brought this varietal into the winery in 2009 to make Rose and to blend into Syrah and Mourvedre. It was so wonderful on it’s own we had to put it in a bottle by itself for you to try.
BLEND: 96% Cinsault, 4% Syrah
APPELLATION: Horse Heaven Hills
VINEYARDS: McKinley Springs
CASES MADE: 299
Cinsault is a unique varietal with a unique flavor profile. Much like Mourvedre it has a spicy and earthy profile, but instead of pepper and north african spices it shows strawberry, honey, and bramble. Medium bodied it loves poultry and appetizers, cheese and fruit driven sauces, dates and figs.
McKinley Springs: Deep in the Horse Heaven Hills, McKinley Springs was first planted in wine grapes in 1995, where the Andrews Family has been farming for 3 generations. The soils are deep sandy loams on top of broken basalt and are very well suited to the heat loving Rhone varietal grapes. Robert Ramsay Cellars has been working with Rob Andrews and McKinley Springs since before 2005, where we source Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault.
Honeyed strawberries and the spicy aroma of briar patch meld together to give us the essence of our McKinley Springs Cinsault. Known as the “spicy strawberry shortcake factor,” the 2013 has plenty of baking spice and strawberry to go around. Once again, this is geek wine, so get your geek on.