Chateau Ste. Michelle

Indian Wells Columbia Valley Red Blend 2015

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, black cherries, strawberries, figs, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, pencil lead, beef jerky, light chocolates and peppercorn. A very nice nose.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light coffee and black pepper.

Tangy finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Washington red blend is very enjoyable. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Easy drinking, fruity and tasty.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 60 minutes of airtime. Will be better in a year or two, as it becomes more complex.

A good wine to sip on by the porch, and good for parties too. Just delicious.

A blend of 46% Syrah, 32% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 6% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre, 2% Viognier and 2% Cinsaut. Aged for 20 months in 51% New French and American oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 2 months ago

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@"Odedi" sounds delicious! Cheers 🍷

Terry Hoage Vineyards (TH Vineyards)

5 Blocks Cuvée Red Rhone Blend 2011

2011 Vintage. 14.5% Alcohol. 30% each Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and 10% Cinsaut. Great blend in a tough vintage. — 5 months ago

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Paix Sur Terre

Songs of Its Own Glenrose Vineyard Grenache Blend 2044

Heavy on the Grenache and Mourvèdre in 2014. With a backbone of deep fruit Syrah and inky cinsaut to round it out — 6 months ago


Stellenbosch Pinotage 2016

David T

We have been working on our South Africa and Egypt trip for months. Diligently doing research and taking about it daily.

One of our stops will be a week on the Western Cape or as many define it, Stellenbosch. It has always been on my wine region bucket list for its wines and beauty. One of my goals was to find some excellent producers of Pinotage.

This Beeslaar is the private label of the Winemaker at Kanonkop, Abrie Beeslaar. Abrie makes a black label Kanonkop that sells retail at $200. That’s right, $200! It must be deliriously good if they can get $200 for it.

I found this 2016 Beeslaar at K&L for just under $37. It’s the 1st Pinotage that has my eyes wide open as to what can’t be done with this difficult varietal in the right hands. If his private label is this good, I hope to visit Kanonkop and taste their black label.

The nose reveals; dark chocolate raisins, dark eastern spices, plum and black cherry, blueberries, baked strawberries, blackberries, black raspberries, black raisin currants, smokiness and grilled meats, black pepper and a touch of white, some green vegetal notes, cinnamon, dark chocolate mocha bar, dark fruit steeped tea, gravely schist, touch of coffee grounds, dark fruit roll-ups, leather, tobacco with ash with fresh, dark red & blue florals.

The body is full, thick and rich. There is a dark, tarry, dusty tannin structure. This will benefit from 3-5 years plus in bottle but, it is crazy good. Sound, firm; structure, big tension, long length and very good balance. Dark chocolate raisins, smokiness and grilled meats, dark eastern spices that brings pronounced heat to the palate, black plum, plum and black cherry, blueberries, baked strawberries, blackberries, black raspberries, raspberries, black raisin currants, dark berry bubblegum, black pepper and a touch of white, tree bark with a touch of sap, some green vegetal notes, cinnamon, dark chocolate mocha bar, dark fruit steeped tea, gravely schist, dry stones, touch of coffee grounds, dark fruit roll-ups, new un-smoothed leather, tobacco with ash with fresh, dark red & blue florals. The acidity is round and splendid. The elegant, rich finish runs ripe fruits to dry tannins with dusty earth and shows an even tug of war with its fruits and earthiness.

It drinks like a combination of; Grand Cru Gamay, Shiraz and Northern Rhône.

I will be getting more of this and forgetting about it for 5 more years. Can’t wait for that moment and noting the changes.

This wine raises my excitement level for our trip with each sip.

Pinotage is a grape variety made from a cross of Pinot Noir & Cinsaut that was created in South Africa in 1925 by Abraham Izak Perold, the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University...making it one of the youngest grape varietals.

Photos of; a shot of just how beautiful Cape vineyards can be, Winemaker-Abrie Beeslaar, Pinotage fruit near harvest and field-hands harvesting their very tall vines. Beeslaar has no Cellar Door currently.
— 2 months ago

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@David T I hope you make the drive up the Yellow Brick Road to Ernie Els. No expense spared by the Golfing great when we visited in 2012. Also enjoyed Verglegen Rustenberg Rust en Verde, de Trafford and some round Franschoek. A beautiful place to live and have vineyards.
David T

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@Bob McDonald Thank you for your recommendations. It’s still a work in progress. These market trips are like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. We’ll see how it all comes together and how much I can fit in. Cheers! 🍷
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Good stuff!

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Great mid weight offering with an incredible nose, fantastic depth for a pure Cinsaut! — 8 months ago

Bonny Doon Vineyard

Le Cigare Volant Red Rhone Blend

Now over 6 years old, has mellowed and is great standalone or where you might pair a Pinot with food. Blend of Mourvèdre and Grenache and Syrah with a hint of Cinsaut. January 2019. — 4 months ago

Robert Hall

Cuvée de Robles Red Rhone Blend 2014

Interesting blend of Grenache, Cinsaut, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. Cherry flavor with pepper and vanilla on the edge. Wish I had more — 4 months ago

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The Benches Vineyard Cinsaut Red 2015

This is the merlot that we just woofed down- it doesn’t taste like a merlot at all. We loved it! Tastes Rhone-y — 8 months ago

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