Estate Crush 2012 Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault
Pay attention folks, this is a grape you want to know about. The Cinsault (san-soh) varietal is nothing new just not widely grown in California. Cinsault is usually a filler/blending grape and mostly known for its drought tolerance and thus planted in places like Algeria during French colonial rule. For the drinker it typically brings cherry notes carries itself somewhere between a Syrah and a Pinot.
This particular juice is fairly typical and brings you cherries and a few raspberries in the nose. It smells mature but gets starts angular on the palate. Doesn’t stay that way. It almost grows organically across your palate. Cool micro-adventure. Finishes tart and wet. The squeeze makes you want more. Very well done and substantial while being tame. Great value for the price point.
(K&S Rating: 4 of 6)
Winemaker Notes: “From Lodi’s oldest vines, delicate, balanced and fruit forward with lovely flavors of strawberry and pomegranate followed by a spectacular spiced rhubarb finish.” • 100 cases produced