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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  • Adelaida Cellars Version Rose 2013

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    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


  • Les Galets de Sauveterre Cotes du Rhone 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Adelaida Version Red Paso Robles Anna's Vineyard 2011

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    Juicy and tasty red rhone blend from Adelaida in Paso. Lots of dark red and blue fruit but not overly jammy. Ripe blackberry on the nose and palate with some nice crushed plum, ripe black cherry and a touch of raisin. There's a touch of tart acid on the medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • With rose season in full swing I’m a little surprised at the paucity of ... ... Syrah, 14% Cinsault, 7% Counoise  Almost plummy on the nose with it’s dark fruit and slightly dried character, there’s some green spice here and a vaguely leathery note as well. Both acid and round at the same time, this is a wine of texture, slippery and smooth a... Read More

    From the article 5 Fabulous Roses


  • Renegade Wine Co. Rose Columbia Valley 2013

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    79% Syrah, 14% Cinsault, 7% Counoise Almost plummy on the nose with its dark fruit and slightly dried character, theres some green spice here and a vaguely leathery note as well. Both acid and round at the same time, this is a wine of texture, slippery and smooth and very well balanced but for me it lacks a bit of refreshing angularity that a l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • California, the land of sunshine, free spirits, and big wines. Right? Yes, of ... Yes, of ... with about 5% Counoise  Big natural wine nose is gently funky at first the turning black fruity with stemmy, briary, savory accents and a nice nuanced cracked pepper note. There’s gorgeous fruit here, rich and powerful without weight in the mouth. At... Read More

    From the article The "New" California


  • Broc Cellars Cuvee 13.1 2012

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    Syrah with about 5% Counoise Big natural wine nose is gently funky at first the turning black fruity with stemmy, briary, savory accents and a nice nuanced cracked pepper note. Theres gorgeous fruit here, rich and powerful without weight in the mouth. Attractive polished tannins support lovely peppery base notes and black raspberry and little b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Adelaida Inventor 2009

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    Another excellent red blend from Adelaida. Mostly mourvedre but also had some cab, counoise, syrah, grenache noir and cinsault. Very well balanced with red and black cherry, ripe plum and a touch of licorice. 2009 vintage. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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