2011 Bechtold Vineyard Lodi Cinsault
Cinsault •Bechtold Vineyard
The Background Star
The first challenge of today’s wine: learning how to pronounce Cinsault. Turns out, it’s SaN-so, and it’s one of the key varietals grown in the famous Chateaunuf-du-Pape region in France. Believe it or not, there are more Cinsault vines in France than Cabernet Sauvignon vines.
Cinsault tends to produce delicious wines that have delicate body of a Pinot and the ripe berry fruit forwardness of a Zinfandel. Today’s Onesta Wines 2011 Bechtold Vineyard Lodi Cinsault certainly captures that combination beautifully, with Wine Enthusiast awarding today’s wine 90 Points. Please read what they had to say below:
“Made by Jillian Johnson, who long ago fell in love with the Bechthold Vineyard and whose last few vintages were under the Phoenix Ranch name. This is her first Onesta Cinsault. Shy, it takes some coaxing to reveal itself, blossoming into a textured, lean mix of the vineyard’s classic rhubarb flavor with a bit of strawberry mixed in. Streaks of spicy pepper come to life on the finish.”
A deep, dark rhubarb pie crimson.
A lovely blend of fruit and spice, with mulberry, cherry and wild strawberry laid overtop black pepper corn, tobacco, lightly roasted coffee bean, and dried cranberry.
Full of fruity, spicy goodness that any Zin fan will adore. Fresh red fruit cascades across the tongue, framed by subtle touches of smoky earth and dark spice.
A very straightforward and approachable wine that just may be your perfect afternoon sipper. The wine is medium bodied, with a touch of brightness at the tail end of the finish.
Spice rubbed chicken breasts, grilled over a charcoal fire and finished with a tangy BBQ sauce.
What the Winery Says
100% Cinsault from 137 year old vines in the famous Bechthold Vineyard in Lodi. The perfect recipe involves gentle handling, the saignée method, cold soaking , raging fermentation, extended maceration, and 9 months untouched in neutral oak. This process results in a rich and intense Cinsault that has strawberry and spiced rhubarb pie leaping from the glass. With the delicate weight of a Pinot Noir, and the wild berry fruitiness of a Zinfandel, this wine will quickly become your ‘go to’ for a wide variety of occasions.
90 Point Review - Wine Enthusiast Made by Jillian Johnson, who long ago fell in love with the Bechthold Vineyard and whose last few vintages were under the Phoenix Ranch name. This is her first Onesta Cinsault. Shy, it takes some coaxing to reveal itself, blossoming into a textured, lean mix of the vineyard’s classic rhubarb flavor with a bit of strawberry mixed in. Streaks of spicy pepper come to life on the finish.
- Jillian Johnson
- 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
- Lodi, California
- Bechthold Vineyard
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Cinsault
- Vine Age
- 137 years old
About the Winery
Now a truly seasoned winemaker, Jillian has started her own passion project, Onesta. She is an artist with a scientific mind. Her artistic expression is manifested in her wines. Jillian believes life should be filled with family, good friends and adventure. Life is short, life by truth and honesty and you will always find peace and happiness. Connect with the people in your life and enjoy wine on a regular basis. Her wines are a library of her life and each year tells a different story and adventure.
Jillian’s wines speak the truth of each growing season and each vintage is a new adventure for her, riding the waves of Mother Nature. Her promise to herself and her customers is to deliver wines with personality and depth every year. Jillian’s wines are made with passion and love, just like she lives her life. Her hope is that every sip of Onesta will ignite the soul with passion and enthusiasm for living life to the fullest.