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Cinsault (San-soh) a high-yielding, early-ripening, hot-weather red grape, generally used in blends. Cinsault tends to be low in tannin, and is often added to blends to add a spicy component. Among the grape’s claim to fame is being half the genetic cross (along with pinot noir) behind the South African Pinotage grape. Cinsault came to California in the 1860s, but total planting remains under 1000 acres.

Onesta Cinsault Bottle

2019 Cinsault

The Bechthold Vineyard is a one-of-a-kind 140-year-old vineyard, the oldest Cinsault vineyard in the world. The 2019 growing season was warm without too many heat spikes, and no rain during the ripening phase. 2019 was an excellent vintage, producing wines with great acidity and bright fruit flavors. The ancient vines produced a Cinsault with great concentration – lots of juicy black cherry, rhubarb, and plum, with notes of vanilla from extended barrel aging.


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Syrah (Sur-RAH; also known as Shiraz) is the most planted Rhône varietal in California. Its aromas are of smoke, bacon fat, black fruit and crushed rock, with flavors of blueberry, blackberry, black olive and spice, full body and velvety tannin.

2018 Syrah

Golden Vineyard in Mendocino is ideal for growing Syrah, a variety that emphasizes the terroir. Our Onesta Syrah is filled with juicy plum and black cherry with a hint of lavender and sage. The earthy or meaty aromas release after some time in the glass, giving graphite and maple-smoked bacon flavors. The complexity of this wine comes to fruition on the palate with firm tannins and a velvety long finish.


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– Mark Twain

Onesta Sparkling

(metōdˌ SHampəˈnwäz) Method Champenoise is the term used to describe the traditional method of making champagne or sparkling wine. It involves a second fermentation that takes place in-bottle, riddling to assist with removal of the lees, and then freezing of the lees for rapid removal before final fitting of a Champagne cork and halter. The process of removing lees is called disgorging. While being labor intensive and expensive, this process produces the highest quality sparkling wine.

2018 Onesta Blanc de Blanc

Jillian’s (Winemaker) Tasting Notes:
The 2018 Onesta Blanc de Blanc has popping aromas of pear, green apple, and hints of citrus. On the palate the flavors explode with peach, honeysuckle and lemon. The bold floral notes are balanced with savory toasted brioche. The wine has a creamy texture and long dry finish.


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Rosé of Cinsault

Cinsault (San-Soh) is the Queen of Rosé varieties in Provence, producing elegant & sophisticated wines. The large berries in a Cinsault cluster give high juice yields with low color and phenolics. Onesta Rosé is made in a Provençal style, the Rosé is completely dry and elegant with rich texture.

Onesta Rose Bottle

2022 Rosé of Cinsault

The 2022 Rose is a bright, crisp, and completely dry, elegant wine. This delicately pink wine has flavors of tart strawberry, guava, and watermelon rind, with a hint of passionfruit. Styled after the high-quality Provence Rosé wines, the Onesta Rosé does NOT disappoint.


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