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Counoise Wine Details

Description: This is our third vintage of Counoise, and one of only a few bottlings of this varietal in the world. The cuttings are Beaucastel material sourced from Tablas Creek Nursery, planted for us in 1999 by Jim Holmes at his renowned Ciel du Cheval Vineyard on Red Mountain. Our primary use of these grapes is in our southern-Rhône blend (“Sirocco”), but we were so enchanted by the Counoise that we bottled some varietally, with a bit of Syrah to soften the acids and fill out the mid-palate.

Varietal Definition
Counoise is a deep purple-red grape, and has a rich spicy character, with flavors of anise, strawberries and blueberries. Counoise’s moderate alcohol and tannins make it a good complement for Syrah, balancing that grape’s characteristic intense spice, strong tannins and high alcohol.


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