Cinsault from Chile? When it’s still too cold outside for Rosé!

A quick post about tonight’s wine, a 100% Cinsault from Chile.  

I’m drinking the 2014 Canto a lo Divino by A Los Vinateros Bravos, purchased at the trusty Millesima wine store in NYC.

Cinsault is typically a blending grape in one of my favorite regions, the Southern Rhone (think: Chateauneuf du Pape!).  Apparently it is common to grow Cinsault in the Itata Valley in Chile.  Although Cinsault typically grows in hotter climates, the Itata is quite cold leading to a seriously fresh and easy to drink red wine.   The Itata farmers are described by Appellation NYC as the “original natural winemakers” who stayed true to the tradition of naturally made and small-scale wines.

Leonardo Erazo, who founded A Los Viñateros Bravos, is moving back to organic viticulture (though not officially certified).  The grapes are grown on a historic vineyard with 60 year old vines on volcanic soil, handpicked and use only native yeasts.  It is dry farmed (no irrigation), and fermented and aged in concrete vats with only very coarse filtration.

Tasting Note:  The wine is delicate, with red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, maybe some cranberry), floral notes of lavender, white pepper, slight earthiness.  Medium minus in acid and tannin.

Drink with salty foods, pasta, dried fruits (Moroccan dishes with apricots would be great!)  I paired this with the “Oh She Glows” cookbook’s Immunity Boosting Tomato Sauce with Mushrooms over Zucchini Noodles.  I don’t think this was the best pairing, although this red has enough mouth-feel and tannins that it goes quite well with pasta.

Production is very small at only 900 cases and is a steal at $17.99!  If you’re looking for a light red, but want something a bit more serious than Beaujolais, try this wine!

This wine can be a great chilled wine as we transition from winter to spring, but aren’t quite ready for Rosé.  



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