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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  • Rioja Olivier Riviere Rayos Uva Red Vintage Rioja Spain 2007

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    Very good willow Read More

    Wine review by carden911


  • Murrieta's Well Dry Rose Livermore Valley 2017

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    Nicely expressive rose petal and watermelon fruit aromas. Impressive depth of fruit on the palate with notes of cherry and strawberry, watermelon and cranberry, a touch of smoky earth towards the finish keeps the palate grounded but throughout theres a crisp acidity that plays well against the fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... ... mourvèdre, and counoise - and ferment and age the wine using a blend of vessels, including stainless steel, oak puncheons, and a French oak foudre. The barely there, salmon-pink color of this rosé comes from immediate whole-cluster pressing of 80% of the juice ... Read More

    From the article Eleventh Hour Valentine's Day Wines


  • Beckman Vineyards Cuvee le Bec 2013

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    Wonderful effort here. Bright red fruit, a touch of blackberry add to earthiness, sweet black cherry tannins and good acidity to give this a fresh, lingering finish. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Beckman Vineyards Cuvee le Bec 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by effell


  • My admiration for Murrieta’s Well and their winemaker, Robbie Meyer, is ... 2016Blend: 55% Grenache, 45% CounoiseViticulturally speaking, a lot of rosé is made with grapes not fully intended for rosé wine. The Grenache (chosen for its spice) and Counoise (chosen for its acidity) were selected and farmed to make this rosé, and nothing more. The... Read More

    From the article Secret Sauce Wines: Murrieta's Well


  • Just keep waiting, that's the ticket.I opened a bottle last night that I ... I ... Mourvèdre and Counoise. I purchased two bottles when it was released. Drinking the first one early I felt it needed a few years to integrate. This second one was a dud. Had a flaw. There was a strange sediment in it that I decanted off. The nose was stripped of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...


  • Duncan, that would be a good entry into the "and now for something ... ... amounts of syrah, mourvedre, counoise and tannat. There's just a touch of earth, leather and must on the nose. On the tongue this shows lots of bright red fruit, red cherry, red raspberry and a touch of cranberry. The acidity is medium and the Tannat adds a decent amoun... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Back to the wine!  In anticipation of our upcoming trip we opened this ... Syrah, 9% Cinsault and 3% Counoise.  Served this just slightly chilled so the nose was a bit muted. Even so, still got a bit of earthiness and some rhubarb coming up from the glass. On the tongue this fairly medium bodied red has plenty of red and black cherry, ripe plu... Read More

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  • Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2008

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    Really enjoying this excellent Tablas Esprit de Beaucastel! Really dark, chewy berry fruit on the nose with some savoriness. Loads of ripe, crushed black cherry, notes of black licorice that just go on and on, a touch of mint, and a bit of freshly tanned leather. There are well resolved, fine tannins, tongue coating viscosity, medium plus acidit... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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