Originating from Domaine de Monpertuis, a winery located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this Old World counoise is deep amethyst in color and exhibits a “hot” nose and high acidity that mirrors the minerality of its terroir. Dry and earthy, this bottling offers a generous amount of tannins. However, allow it to open up to experience ripe, red fruit that elevates its Old World characteristics to a wine that ideally compliments a fatty and substantial fish like halibut. I owe my friends at Liner & Elsen
a big thank you for performing the seemingly impossible task of locating a 100-percent Counoise import from France for less than twenty dollars.
Aged in 100% neutral French oak, this 2009 American Counoise exhibits a signature burgundy hue that looks slightly darker than your typical Pinot Noir. Spicy and sultry, this wine tickles the back of the palate just as you begin to detect hints of vanilla, raspberries, and loam. While it demonstrates its youth, Substance’s Counoise is ready to be paired with a French country dinner of roasted rosemary chicken and red potatoes. It is enjoyable by the glass but its beautiful, tight structure requires some decanting before serving.
Cana’s Feast is an Oregon-based winery but sources grapes for its Counoise from Coyote Canyon in Washington’s Columbia Valley AVA. While higher in alcohol (14.9%) than the other two wines, the Cana’s Feast Counoise - aged in 100% neutral French oak - is quite simply a gorgeous drinking wine with a subtle aroma of figs and vanilla, and rich, ripe red fruit. This viscous wine is full bodied and defies its age with a solid structure and long, enjoyable finish. Their 2008 Counoise recently earned a Platinum award from Wine Press Northwest.