Robert Ramsay Cellars 2012 Cinsault
Fellow wine lovers, welcome back. I’m excited to be sending you our first Impulse Wine offering of the new year. Last year was an outstanding one, with lots of amazing wines shared. Many of the wines we featured here on Impulse in 2014 went on to be recognized by national wine writers, win big awards, and gain high scores. The plan to 2015… to keep on offering some of the best boutique and most up-and-coming wines we can find!
The wines of Robert Ramsay Cellars were among the first ten features we did, in year one of Impulse back in 2013, and they have been among our favorites ever since.
Robert Ramsay Cellars 2012 Cinsault $27.99 (Regularly $32)
Today we have something completely off the beaten path, a lesser known Rhone grape called Cinsault, which is often used in the red blends of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It’s a grape which Robert Ramsay Cellars has typically used in their “Par la Mer” red blend- a wine we featured previously- and now they’ve bottled it solo for the first time. This is one of the only single varietal Cinsault I’ve ever tried, and I’m very pleased to have had the opportunity. The grape tends to like plenty of warmth, in order to ripen properly, so it’s no surprise to see it bottled on its own from the idyllic 2012 vintage.
The profile of Cinsault is, perhaps, somewhere between its sibling grapes Grenache and Mourvedre. It has a nice kick of earth and spice, with lots of wild berry character. Exhibiting notes of strawberry fruit leather and juicy raspberries, backed up by notes of black and white peppercorn, the wine opens up really nicely over the course of a few hours. It’s smooth, and medium bodied, with virtually no tannins, and dense with layers of flavor as one might expect from the blockbuster 2012 vintage. The fruit is harvested from the McKinley Springs Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills of Eastern Washington, which is quickly becoming well known for growing Rhone varieties.
Robert Ramsay 12 Cinsault
Only 203 cases were made, and we have just 5 cases available to offer on Impulse.
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Region: Horse Heaven Hills, Washington State
Vineyard: McKinley Springs
Grape: 94% Cinsault and 6% Syrah
Aging: 18 months in 20% new French Puncheons (larger 500L barrel)
Drinkability Now through 2018
Drink if You Like: Rhone Wines, Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache
Food Pairings: Lamb Satay, Grilled Pork
Production: 203 cases
Availability: 5 cases