Weekly Wine Talk: 2022 Rosé of Cinsault-Mourvèdre

Written by
Amy Garofano
Amy Garofano, JM's Wine Educator

Welcome Spring and the exclusive Wine Club release of our brand new 2022 Rosé of Cinsault-Mourvèdre. The ‘22 Rosé once again features Cinsault from Wallula Gap (The Benches) Vineyard, terraced scenically above the Columbia River. Cinsault grapes are large, juicy, thin skinned and dark purple (they look like large black table grapes!) which produce a lovely Provencial-style Rosé with notes of fresh strawberries and delicate spices of rhubarb.

This year, John blended 62% Cinsault with 38% Mourvèdre from Shaw Ridge Vineyard near the top of Red Mountain. Shaw Ridge is the vineyard project John planted along with owners Dick and Wendy Shaw and vineyard manager Marshall Edwards and JM has an exclusive long-term contract sourcing all three Rhone varietals grown on this spectacular site. The steep rocky, thirty-six-degree site is producing premium fruit with stunning minerality. The minerality of the Shaw Ridge Mouvèdre lends a stony freshness to the Rosé, noticeably dancing on your tongue. Sweet florals, a delicate acidity, creamy mouthfeel, essence of citrus fruit (think mandarin orange!), and mildly spicy herbal aromas make the Mouvèdre the perfect partner to the Cinsault. In the glass, the ’22 Rose is the loveliest of peachy-pink hues beckoning the arrival of patio season. Raise a glass and taste for yourself what makes the 2022 Rosé of Cinsault-Mourvèdre a standout among its peers and a “must have” JM favorite. Cin Cin!

Pair with grilled spring vegetables, fresh copper river salmon, pasta with pesto, hummus, flatbread and crudité or one of Peggy's favorites... a bowl of popcorn!

Wallula Gap (The Benches) Vineyard (Horse Heaven Hills AVA)
Shaw Ridge Vineyard (Red Mountain AVA)