2022 Cinsaut

Cinsaut exudes charm at every stage of the winegrowing process. In the vineyard its prized by workers as a tasty snack on a hot day in the field, then, during the alchemy of fermentation, its tanks suffuse the winery with a bake-shop, cherry-pie headiness. Finally, in your bottle its a low-ish alcohol, exuberantly medium-bodied vin de soif that brings delight and camaraderie to drinkers on all sides of the vino-political spectrum no matter what their typical flavor. These days, we ferment and age it in the simplest ways possible to lets its inherent virtues shine through: a 100% whole-cluster fermentation is pressed off after a short maceration to neutral oak puncheons (think barrels, but twice as big), and bottled -- often without filtration -- sometime between 12-18 months later. The 2019 shows provencal herb-accented berry fruits and delicate hints of violet on the nose, and in its youth continues to gain complexity and bouquet over a few days of being open. Redcurrant and brambly berry flavors emerge in the mouth, followed up by a clean finish that impresses with layered, smooth-grained tannin. Enjoy it with friends anytime over the next 5 years. --GH

Grapes are certified organic (CCOF).
Fermentation is initiated spontaneously without the addition of commercial yeast or malolactic bacteria

100% Cinsaut
13.0% Alcohol
TA: 5.7 g/L
pH: 3.66
Bottling date: 10/25/22
Release date: 11/15/22
Cases produced: 204


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