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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  • OT-Sounds like a great wine! Nice project as well! I went and explored ... ... Syrah, 27% Grenache, 18% Counoise and 18% Mourvedre. Not typrically in my wheel house but it was very tasty and easy (smooth) drinking. Bright fruit, fair amount of acidity with a touch of tartness. A medium finish. Not great but not bad. Something different for me.... Read More

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  • Thanks, NG.  I'd blame the high ABV on the grape, not the ... 15 or ... 15 or 16%; it's not the Counoise, Syrah or Mourvedre doing that.  GDP and others have pointed out that the wild aromatics and approachability of grenache make it a grape that lots of disappointed (and otherwise) pinot lovers might want to try. We're having mac and cheese w... Read More

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  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

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


    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

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  • 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


    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


    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

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  • 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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