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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  • Tablas Creek Syrah Blend Patelin de Tablas Rouge Paso Robles San Luis Obispo 2012

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    This is a really enjoyable Paso Rhone blend from Tablas Creek. Loads of ripe dark berries and cherries on the nose. This is followed up with a lot more of the same on the tongue along with some earthiness, a touch of leather, decent acidity and some slightly grainy tannins that should resolve nicely with just a bit of age. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • I'm at least one person who said the merlot is best used to soften up ... ... ... and there's a little Counoise, but Syrah and Mourvedre are by far the bulk of the blend.  Lots of warm red fruits, and it needed a little cooling to hit its stride. I've also got a bottle or two of Syrah from them that I'll try later in the week with some lamb ch... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • This is the time of the year that you see a slew of rosé wine reviews, ... ... 15% Mourvèdre, 8% Counoise. I have been to Dry Creek many times but never to Quivira. Based on this wine, it needs to be a priority. Strawberry and melon on the nose with some citrus added in on the palate. Good balance with a zingy acidity and a lingering, flinty f... Read More

    From the article It's Time to Get Serious About Rose


  • Booker Vineyard Rosé Blend Paso Robles Pink 2013

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    The most full bodied rose I have ever enjoyed.Beautiful reddish pink color, probably the darkest rose ever made. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Tablas Creek Vineyard Dianthus 2014

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    Really good Paso Rose. A bit of a darker red, there's plenty of fresh strawberry, rhubarb, bright red cherry and a touch of citrus. There's nice crisp acidity and a fairly long finish for a Rose. Overall, an excellent summer time quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Once again, there are low-tannin grapes and low-tannin wines and they're ... than inspiring.Cinsault and Counoise are both relatively lower in tannin than some of the other reds and they're grown in CA and WA so you may be able to get some, but usually they're in blends..&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic which are the least tannic...


  • I have just read the most illuminating post I have ever read, "which red wines are most tannic", wow guys great details and some useful info.  But I'm most interested in the least tannic red wines.Reason?I have gout and tannins play havoc on gout and while I still want to try and enjoy Red Wine, esp good red wine I can longer drink medium or hig... Read More

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  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape les Vignobles Elie Jeune 1993

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... syrah,2% mourverde and 2% counoise and is aged in oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of pork chops and I did enjoy it.There was plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and cherry style fruit there and the tannins were fairly soft as one would expect for a wine over 20 years ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Ribiere Cotes de Provence 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on offer at £6 just before Christmas. The Cotes de Provence is a large AOC created in 1977,although wine production in the area goes back to before the Romans,covering 85 communes in Eastern Provence.There are many and varied terroirs ranging from the coast up to the foothills of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Aspiring wine lover


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