Counoise is a dark-skinned wine grape grown primarily in the Rhône valley region of France. Counoise adds a peppery note and good acidity to a blended red wine, but does not have much depth of colour or tannin. There were 638 hectares (1,580 acres) of Counoise in France in 2000.Counoise is one of the grapes allowed into the blend of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine. In 2004 only 0.5% of the appellation's area was planted with Counoise. Some producers who favour the variety use about 5% of it in their blends, and those account for most of the plantings. One such producer is Château de Beaucastel, which is noted for using all the 13 allowed varieties.
Posts about Counoise
  • Wine Reviews: California Rhones

    …, but this seems ready to go now. A blend of 53% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 18% Mourvedre and 2% Counoise. (89 points IJB) Review: 2012 Bonny Doon Vineyard Contra - California SRP: $13 A pretty rose-violet color. Fresh cherries and raspberries on the nose, along with lots of roses, potpourri, vermouth spices, some savory tones. Full, fine tannins, fresh acid…

    Isaac Baker/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blogin Syrah- 3 readers -
  • Tales From: Frick Winery, Dry Creek Valley

    …, Burger?) and it takes two vintages to get enough fruit to “make sense”, thus this is a blend of two successive years. Big, and a more typical Zin-type wine (even though Zinfandel is no more than 15% of the blend). For the “traditional Dry Creek Zin” lover, this is right up your alley—not over the top, but nice and juicy. Very Good to Outstanding. 89-91…

    Jeff Kralik/ the drunken cyclistin Syrah- 1 readers -
  • Going to the Rhône

    … an explosion of interest in such Rhône varieties as Grenache, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Counoise, Cinsault – and a whole host of white grapes. These wines are among the most exciting for consumers, winemakers and grape growers, especially in Washington’s Columbia Valley, but also Southern Oregon as well as Idaho’s Snake River Valley. Here are a dozen examples of red Rhône blends, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah we’ve tasted in recent weeks. The post appeared first on Great Northwest Wine. …

    Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Winein Syrah- 3 readers -
  • 2012 Booker Oublie

    …Among the lighter of Eric Jensen's Paso Robles Rhones, this one is 46% Mourvedre, 36% Grenache and 20% Counoise... its almost refreshing in a Paso context, weighing in at 14% ABV and possessing an appealingly ethereal quality despite the dark fruit core... impressions of red and black fruit, kirsch, forest floor, cedar, dark flowers, plum, cocoa…

    Andrew Wells/ Wells On Wine- 4 readers -
  • Thank you, #GrenacheDay

    … September 19th was yet another “wine holiday” – the Grenache Day. Grenache, which is known in Spain as Garnacha, needs no introduction for the oenophiles. One of the most planted red grapes in the world. A star of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Priorat, California, Australia and many other countries and regions. A grape with the middle name “rich…

    Talk-A-Vinoin Pinot Noir Syrah- 5 readers -
  • 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines Offer Nice Surprises

    This post first appeared in The Wine Cellar Insider The 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape harvest is in full bloom. Growers are picking all over the Southern Rhone Valley. The conditions for picking have been good so far. It’s been sunny and warm until recently in Chateauneuf du Pape. Some rain is falling and temperatures are going to drop a bit over the next few days.

    Jeff Leve/ The Wine Cellar Insider- 6 readers -
  • Betz Family Winery Fall 2014 Release Party

    … Betz Family Winery Fall 2014 Release Party by Tom Lee on September 17, 2014 Betz Family Winery was founded in 1997 by Bob & Cathy Betz. Critical acclaim from local and national wine publications has put Betz Family Winery at the forefront of Washington wines alongside Cayuse, Leonetti and Quilceda Creek. The winery was sold to Steve…

    Tom Lee/ Zinfandel Chroniclesin Syrah- 5 readers -
  • Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

    … and vineyard blocks. Admittedly, I didn’t take as many detailed notes as I normally do, and that I regret. Revisiting the bottled wines a few days later, there were certainly some that stood out to me. Of coure, that didnt’ stop me from filling my case box up and takeing these and more home! Beckmen Cuvee le Bec – a GSM with a dash of Counoise…

    Luscious Lushesin Syrah- 3 readers -