(Archive) COUNOISE 2015 Estate Owl Hill Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Exceptionally Rare. Remarkably Delicious.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet. Earthy rich cherry, fruit tree wood perfume. Full and warm in the mouth with blueberry, prune, ripe mission fig, Luxardo cherries, sun dried pears, raspberry jam. Dusty dry tannin.
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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: Wonderfully enigmatic. 100% Estate grown counoise. Aged 22 months in neutral oak barrels. Natural, unfiltered, unfined. Aromatic, large and complex in flavor. This sophisticated wine delivers a cornucopia of dark fruit flavors. Opens up with decanting.
Drink now to 2021. Only 74 cases made.
Serve with: margarita pizza, crisp bread sticks wrapped with salame, pasta with peas and butter, spring vegetable soup, teleme cheese, tuna tartar, rotisserie chicken, creamy grilled eggplant, duck breast, mushroom lasagna, spaghetti squash with pesto, ripe figs with proscuitto