The Grape: A rare delicious Rhone variety. Only 7 acres are planted in the entire Sonoma County Appellation, Cinsaut is most often found as component of Rhône blends and Rose. Frick Cinsaut is distinguished by growing here in Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. The grape has big clusters of olive shaped large berries, Color is light purple. Characteristics of the grape are large olive shaped berries, lush sweet fruit flavors and soft tannin.
The Vineyard One of my best discoveries was 28 years ago when I found Red Bench Vineyard hidden on the western bench of Dry Creek. Head pruned (not trellised) cinsaut vines grow there in red, dusty clay, non-irrigated (dry farmed), soil. Red Bench Vineyard is just over an acre of now 63 year old cinsaut vines. Old dry farmed vines like these yield a balanced crop of lush fruity grapes. This small single vineyard has produced cinsaut grapes exclusively for Frick Cinsaut for all these years.
The Wine: I’ve had the privilege of nearly 3 decades of making Cinsaut wines. The wine has always displayed great flavor and balance. This is why I fell in love with it the first vjintage. Always ready to please with full red fruit character of cherry, strawberry and raspberry. Cinsaut is such a friendly wine that It gets along with and enhances just about any food. Drinks beautifully young and old. Drink now to 2027.
Only 392 cases produced.
Serve with: coq au vin, turkey, bean salad, cambozola cheese, pasta al pesto, BBQ chicken, peanut butter & jelly sandwich, chicken fried steak, pad thai, halibut, squab, quail, fried catfish, guinea fowl, duck breast, margarita pizza, filet steak, salami & cheese