Counoise

Common synonyms: Aubon, Caula, Conese, Connoges, Connoise, Counese, Couneso, Counoiso, Counoueiso, Damas noir, Grosse Rogettaz, Guenoise, Moustardier, Quennoise

Parentage of the grape: Unknown

History of the grape: Counoise is primarily known as one of the 13 varieties allowed in Chateaneuf du Pape. It adds to the aromatics of the final wine. While some are content to let this low-yielding grape disappear, it does have some high-profile fans. Most notably, the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel adds 5% Counoise to its wines. Varietal bottlings are also increasing, and some in California, such as Randal Grahm and Jed Steele, have had success with it.

Characteristics of the grape: dark fruit, spice, pepper, moderate alcohol, good acidity, relatively pale color

Regions where the grape currently is important: the southern Rhone, expecially Chateauneuf du Pape, as well as the Coteaux du Languedoc; California

Type or types of wines the grape produces: Cuonoise may not make up a large percentage Read more »

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  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ...eCounoiseDornfelderTouriga Francesca  Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • New world wine make it so easy. It's all written right on the label. Winery ... ... grape varieties:CinsaultCounoiseGrenache noirMourvedreMuscardinPicpoul noirSyrahTennet noirVaccareseI suppose that is good information for the consumer, but there are no rules on how to blend these together.  A bottle of CdP may be a combination of Mourvedre (4... Read More

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  • Hi all,Just want to introduce myself. I have recently started taking an interest in wine and have come to the point where I want to start learning more about it. At this point I can identify which lines I like, and which I don’t, but I really hope to be able to take it a step further and understand what makes it so that I like certain wines and ... Read More

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  • Jimmy - As Emark says, the wine is from the Languedoc-Rousillon region, but ... ... with Cinsault, Syrah, Counoise and Mourvedre also fairly common, as well as Merlot and a few other varieties. Producers aren’t as restricted as they are in other regions so you can get all kinds of blends, including stuff like the Gassac. I believe the Bayard ... Read More

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  • 15 years ago, before I retired, I had a couple of bottles of Chevalier de Bayard. It was the best tasting wine I'd ever had. But now that I'm on a fixed income, I can no longer spend $25 on a bottle of wine.Does anybody have any ideas of what wines are close to it but less expensive?Thank you  Read More

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  • Tablas Creek Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel 2005

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    Very nice red Rhone blend from Paso's Tablas Creek. Still bright and lively, with crushed plum, black cherry, a touch of earthiness and a hint of spice on the back end. Very good acidity and a medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Adelaida Cellars Version Rose 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Very nice Paso rose. This has nice notes of bright cherry and strawberry, nice refreshing acidity and short to medium finish. This is not an overly complex wine, just something nice and easy to sip on the back porch. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge Paso Robles 2012

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    Extremely fine Rhone blend from Paso. Tablas Creek is one of our fav's and this hits all the right notes. Light in body but full of tart cherry, blackberry, green plum, minerality, a hint of smoke and nice acidity. The tannins are firm but fine grained. This is still a youngster and a bit tight, a couple years in the bottle should do it well. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2012

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    This one was such a thrill from the moment I opened the bottle till I finished the last drop. This has to be the finest wine I've tasted this year. Mellow entry, aroma is a burst of grape. Vanilla, raspberry, strawberry and a finish that seems to last forever. WOW Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


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