(Archive) COUNOISE 2014 Estate Owl Hill Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Exceptionally rare. Remarkably delicious.
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Tasting Notes: Earthy blueberry and black currant. Luxardo Maraschino cherries, savory marzipan, fresh prune, black fig and vanilla. Round full mouth feel.
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 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. Naturally aged and unfined in 22 months in neutral oak barrels. 2014 was a drought year so the wine is richer than past vintages. Aromatic and soft. Opens up with decanting.
Drink now to 2019. Only 144 cases made.
Serve with: roast chicken, eggplant roasted on a grill, duck confit, bread sticks, pasta with butter and peas, vegetable soup, cheesy cassorole, juicy portobello mushrooms