Counoise (pronounced coon-whaz or whah) is a relatively unknown grape used in Southern Rhone blends with such notable bedfellows as Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. (The only Rhone house that I have ever seen bottle a pure Counoise was Beaucastel.) These grapes came to us from House Mountain Vineyard and have been the child of numerous winemaking techniques in the two years we have harvested them. From a Rosé in 2014 to a ‘Blanc de Noir’ in early 2015, this red style offering will please the wine geek in all of us. Bright red fruit combines with an acidic profile that will make you think outside the box of standard wine descriptors. Let us know what you come up with!