(Archive) 2013 Counoise - Estate Owl Hill Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Nothing like counoise for delicious unique flavors.
Tasting Notes: Reminiscent of raspberries in a straw basket. Berry-earth, spice aromas. Light fresh red raspberry and dried cherry. Clean, balanced and fresh. Reserved and elegant wine with a lot of depth.
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 counoise compared to 39,610 acres of Pinot Noir.
The Vineyard: Frick's 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. Unfilterd. Light in color, aromatic, but large and complex in flavor. This sophisticated wine delivers a cornucopia of fruit flavors.
Drink now to 2019. Only 146 cases made.
Serve with: pizza, Moroccan spiced chicken, eggplant roasted until creamy, duck confit, crisp garlic bread sticks, juicy pork belly, pasta with peas, vegetable soup, California teleme cheese