2016 Counoise
2016 Counoise
Anna's Estate Vineyard
92 points - PDWR
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92 points | Doug Wilder's Purley Domestic Wine Report 

A drink-now, lightly colored wine, it combines the aromatics of rose blossoms, anise and just picked wild strawberries. Throughout, it maintains succulently deliciously flavors of tart red plums, pomegranates and cranberries dusted with white pepper. Serve on the cool side (60 degrees), best appreciated in the near term for its appealing primary fruitiness, it is the wine to take on a first date, enjoy through 2021. 

First off, the grape is pronounced ‘coon-wahz’.  It is an obscure late ripening red variety thought to be a native of the Rhone valley. Counoise is the unheralded ‘closer’ that brings balance and a pleasing tartness and vibrancy to other bolder varieties that dominate Chateauneuf-du-Pape style blends.