COUNOISE 2018 Estate Owl Hill Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Unique Varietal. 100% Counoise is delicious.
Tasting Notes: Dusty brick red color. Soft aromatic leather, herbs, flowers and wood
Santa Rosa plum, raspberry, cranberry, watermelon, ginger, bay leaf.
Round mouth feel, medium body.
The Grape: Pronounced “coon-wahz”. This is an obscure Rhone variety with large dusty colored berries and soft tannin. Rare grape- To illustrate this; in the entire State of California there are only 56 acres of counoise compared to 39,610 acres of Pinot Noir.
The Vineyard: Frick Estate Owl Hill Vineyard is the hill to the west of the winery. This tiny block is at the top of the hill. The soil is rock, gravel and clay from decomposed Dry Creek Conglomerate. At this site the vines have low vigor and produce grapes that are distinctive, full and complex with the unique character that only counoise has to offer.
The Wine: 100% Estate grown counoise. Aged 22 months in neutral oak barrels. Aromatic and elegant character. Delivers complex unique red fruit flavors, spice and earth. Drink now to 2024. Only 103 cases bottled.
Serve with: margarita pizza, pasta with peas, sage and butter, summer vegetable soup, teleme cheese, tuna tartar, rotisserie chicken, grilled eggplant, duck breast, mushroom lasagna, spaghetti squash with pesto, ripe figs with proscuitto, poached Alaskan salmon