COUNOISE 2016 Estate Owl Hill Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Exceptionally Rare. Remarkably Delicious.
Tasting Notes: Brilliant light ruby color. Light fresh aromas of strawberry and raspberry. Medium body with favors of strawberry, watermelon, raspberry, caramel and fig. Clean, tight finish.
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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 of counoise compared to 39,610 acres of Pinot Noir. 39,554 acres more 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.
100% Estate grown counoise. Aged 22 months in neutral oak barrels. Aromatic and elegant character. A low alcohol European style wine that delivers subtle clear red fruit flavors. Drink now to 2022.
Only 172 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