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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  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2011


    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


    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

  • Tamarack Cellars Ciel du Cheval Counoise 2011


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    Wine review by mark

  • Tamarack Cellars Ciel du Cheval Counoise 2011


    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, blue plums, in a bright and nervous style. Tannins are modest and the acid bright and zesty giving this medium bodied wine b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Tomorrow I’ll begin a two part look at wines that I recently tasted while ... ... Mourvedre, Malbec and Counoise that I tasted.The plantings that are at their peak today were planted with the market of the 1990s in mind. While the market has not changed that much, Cabernet and Chardonnay are still the most important white and red grapes respec... Read More

    From the article The State of Washington 2014

  • Beckmen Cuvee le Bec Santa Ynez Valley Red 2009


    Bluish purple in the glass. Fairly floral nose--lilacs--with also some sort of caramel or molasses scent. Lots of flavors on the palate--slight sweet cherry on the tip of the tongue, cinnamon on the edges, anise at the back. Good acid. An unfortunate bitterness and some heat on the very back of the throat. US$16.99 at Total Wines. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I was fortunate to be able to attends last weeks ZAP Experience. As you might ... ... Mondeuse, Carignane, and Counoise all on their own rootstock. Soil is fine, sandy loam and decomposed granite on the west side of the AVA in an oxbow of the Mokelumne River, which, along with the typically delta breezes, helps to make this a cooler site in th... Read More

    From the article ZAP: Forum of Flavors

  • Beckmen Cuvee le Bec Santa Ynez Valley 2011


    An excellent GSM blend with a touch of Counoise to complete the spectrum of wild blackberry, blueberry and other dark fruit characteristics. Clean, elegant and very easy to enjoy. An absolute gem at this price. Makes you smile every time you unscrew the cap. Read More

    Wine review by jjknight38

  • Ch Beaucastel Chat du Pape 2007


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    Wine review by jamlani

  • The winemaker, Bob Harris, at Robert Ramsey wants to earn some "nice" ... - McKinley Springs VineyardsCounoise - Red Heaven VineyardsWe use Burgandian coopers on all the Rhone varietals: Damy, Cadus, and Billon. The Damy lends roundness and mouthfeel, the Cadus structure, and the Billon smoke and bacon. Almost all of the new oak barrels for Rho... Read More

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