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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  • Domaine de Cabasse Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet les Deux Anges 2010

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    Black cherry, black currant, bacon fat, raisins, figs and a hint of black pepper; fairly long finish with chewy tannins. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9


  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2011

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    Good blend of blackberry and black cherry, complimented by vibrant acidity with subtle earthy spice notes; fine tannins, moderate finish. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9


  • Adelaida Keeper 2010

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    Excellent Rhone blend from Paso based Adelaida. Bright and fruit forward with fresh red cherry, black cherry, plum and a touch of rhubarb. The fruit is well balanced against medium acidity and the alcohol stays somewhat in the background. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Domaine de Pignan Chateauneuf du Pape 2010

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    Wine review by TommieM


  • Betz Family Besoleil 2011

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    54% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 12% Counoise, 12% Mourvedre, 7% SyrahVery pretty on the nose with a hint of road tar, some spicy herbs, wild strawberry fruit and then a huge garrigue, black fruit, leather and peppery scent emerges as the wine warms in the glass. Big and firm in the mouth, this manages to retain fine transparency on the palate with... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • After a brief introduction to the the state of Washington this past Monday I ... Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 12% Counoise, 12% Mourvedre, 7% SyrahVery pretty on the nose with a hint of road tar, some spicy herbs, wild strawberry fruit and then a huge garrigue, black fruit, leather and peppery scent emerges as the wine warms in the glass.   Big and... Read More

    From the article What's Hot in WA?


  • Yesterday I presented a brief overview of Washington state to help put ... ... Cellars Ciel du Cheval Counoise 14.1% $25 No new oak, Earthy and bright on the nose with aromas vaguely reminiscent of mineral oil, blue flowers and plum skins with an earthy, inky base note. Soft, rich, and relatively lush in the mouth this packs in bright fruit, ... Read More

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  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2012

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    29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Syrah, 22% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, ... ... 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Counoise, 1% Mourvèdre, 1% CarmenereQuite interesting aromatically with nuanced chocolate, game meat, and tobacco notes adding detail to the core of blueberry and black berry fruit. Bright and fresh on entry, this is a plump little wine... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2011

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    22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah, 26% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, ... Carmenere, 1 % Grenache, 1%CounoiseEarthy, floral and perfumed on the nose with little minty accents to the core of blackberry and blueberry fruit Plump and juicy in the mouth, the tannins here are a bit on the rough side lending this a bit of a rustic feel. The... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tamarack Cellars Spicebox 2011

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    50% Grenache, 30% Counoise, 20% syrahAromas of juicy, red, small berried fruit greets the nose framed by smoky hint of grilled meat and black soices. Rich and a little chewy in the mouth this shows more Syrah character up front with blue fruits and a spicy edge that has the voluminous texture of grenache. The fruit turns a bit redder in the mou... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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