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2015 Cinsault

2015 Cinsault
2015 Cinsault

Fresh, bright and fruit forward, this is an excellent wine to pair with salmon, wild mushrooms and charcuterie.

Distinctive aromas of crushed roses and violets lead into sinuous and elegant flavors of cherries and strawberries with a supple texture.

Tasting notes

We are pleased to present a delightful 100% Cinsault. This is the fifth vintage we have bottled this delicious grape on it’s own.
Cinsault is a refreshingly different grape from all others we work with. It has intrigued us with it’s charming character. As an important component for our Rosé and our blends, by adding freshness and intriguing aromatics; cinsault is the understated
star of the winery. This wine is love at first sight with it’s bright ruby color, pretty perfume and enticing fruit flavors. Distinctive
aromas of crushed roses and violets lead into sinuous and elegant flavors of cherries, strawberries and spices, with a supple texture. Fresh, bright and fruit forward, this is an excellent wine to pair with salmon, wild mushrooms, and charcuterie.

Production notes

The fruit was hand harvested and transported to the winery in the early morning. All fruit was de-stemmed with no crushing. Native fermentation was in small open top fermenters with manual pigeage. Pressing occurred just before dryness and the wine was barreled in a blend of neutral 225 L French oak barrels. Bottling occurred August 2015 after 11 months in barrel. This vintage contains 100% free run juice.

Vintage2014
Varietal Composition100% Cinsault
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills
VineyardMcKinley Springs
Alcohol13.10%
Volume750 ml

Cinsault originated in southern France where it is usually blended with Grenache and Carignan. Small plantings exist in the New World with very recent additions to Washington State. At McKinley Springs Vineyard, Cinsault is late ripening and usually one of the last grapes we pick each harvest. It is planted at 1,100’ in elevation on Warden sandy silt loam soils with north south row orientation. The canopy is trained VSP with the west side left to “flop” to protect the grapes from the hot afternoon sun. Shoot thinning and green thinning occur to ensure an even, concentrated crop. Perhaps it is the elevation, or the soils, but this vineyard gives us some of the best balanced fruit we work with.

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