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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  • 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


  • NG, just a bit late with this post but I have to plug two of my favorites since ... is a mourvedre, grenache, counoise blend that shows some strawberry, light rhubarb, a bit of watermelon and a touch of bright cherry with medium acidity.  Unfortunately, it appears that this is only available to their wine club members, so it may be worth adding... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Rose'... wine for summer!


  • So i am getting flooded with emails from various wineries updating on their Rose releases.   Every year is different, and I am interested in hearing what is looking good on the market, world-wide and local.  I enjoy Roses across the board:  CA seems to rank in my high numbers, but I'm sure that is a demographics thing.  I also love some French R... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Rose'... wine for summer!


  • 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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    No written review

    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?


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