Adelaida District Paso Robles
125 cases, bottled August 2020
A touch riper than previous iterations, with ripe strawberry bullying the usual white pepper aromatics. The wine positively smolders with fragrance: candied lavender, rooibos earthiness, and bramble. The pepper comes back with a vengeance on the palate, almost like a mouthful of green peppercorns. A tight, snappy little wine, infinitely enjoyable and endlessly versatile. An unsung workhorse in both the Rhône and South Africa, Cinsault was once widely planted in Southern California under the alias “Black Malvoisie”. Precious little is planted here today, which is a shame, as the drought and heat-tolerant Cinsault makes delicious, heady wine at moderate alcohol levels. Drinking extremely well right now, previous vintages are still evolving well.
93 pts, Wine Enthusiast, Editors' Choice