Experiment pairing this Cinsaut with hearty Fall stews and braises, lamb, Mediterranean foods, grilled vegetables and meats, eggplant parmesan, and spicy dishes. A classic pairing for Cinsaut is escargot. Try with sheep's milk cheese or Gruyere.
21 in stock
21 in stock
Red Hills, Lake County, CA
90 points – Wine Enthusiast
Sol Rouge is a 70 acre family estate located in the Mayacamas Mountains at elevations averaging over 1800 feet. North of Napa in the foothills of a dormant volcano which formed the North Coast wine country in the Red Hills Appellation of Lake County, this land contains rich, red volcanic soil and, from this unique profile, Sol Rouge derived its name – translating to “Red Soil” in French. Grapes are planted in a “high vine density” configuration allowing each vine to focus on fewer clusters of fruit, leading to greater complexity. Nestled between Mt. Konocti and Benson Ridge, this aggressive sight is all hillside with slopes up to 60% and is said to be the most aggressive and tightly planted vineyard in the Red Hills, with nearly 6000 vines per hectare in some blocks.
“The 2017 vintage produced another full crop of Cinsaut, leaving us with extra wine after producing the Gypsy Rouge blend. Much like our Mourvèdre, our Cinsaut is a limited release wine produced only in years with a bountiful crop. Since this block is at the peak of our terrace block with hillside greater than a 50% slope, a bountiful crop is still less than 2 tons/acre. This aggressive hillside planting of Cinsaut produces smaller, tighter clusters with smaller berries, producing a more intense, spicier wine than that of most Cinsaut wines.” – Proprietor/Winemaker Bryan Kane