We are always up for novelty. After all, isn’t that what drinking wine is all about? Unusual varietal? Bring it on. But first, oh my dear God, please, please get rid of the wax on the neck; it’s somewhere between a cut your wrist suicide attempt and wedding reception confetti (a mess either way, and totally unnecessary).
Cinsault can grow in climates not known for their wine (say Lebanon) and is widely planted in South Africa where, based on this bottle alone, it should be blended. We couldn’t determine how and when the pungent, silty fruit of it would be most complementary, as it sipped like vermouth and drank with food astringent. I would write pale and wan but in fact it was pale and wanting.
Price: $30 at Kitsilano Wine
Market Liquidity: Beautiful cover, mediocre book.