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2015 Counoise

2015 Counoise
2015 Counoise

Strawberry, anise and cherry dominate the nose and palate. Fresh berry flavors provide a satisfying experience. Enjoy this wine all on it's own or paired with grilled chicken, pork or salmon. 

Tasting notes

One of the 18 permitted grape varieties of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, this delectable Counoise from McKinley Springs Vineyard was exceptional in the 2013 vintage. Strawberry, anise and cherry dominate the nose and palate. Fresh berry flavors provide a satisfying experience. Enjoy this wine all on it’s own or paired with grilled chicken, pork or salmon.

Production notes

The fruit was hand harvested and transported to the winery in the early morning. All fruit was de-stemmed with no crushing. Inoculated fermentation was in open top fermenters with manual pigeage. Pressing occurred just before dryness and all wine was barreled in a blend of neutral 225 L French oak barrels.  Bottling occurred August 2015 in Barrel. This vintage contains 100% free run juice.

Vintage2014
VarietalCounoise
Varietal Composition100% Counoise
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills
VineyardMcKinely Springs
Alcohol14.20%
Volume750 ml

McKinley Springs gives us some of the most intense wines we produce. Planted at 1,100 feet in elevation on Warden sandy silt loam soils with north south row orientation. Canopy is trained Shoot Positioning with the west side left to “flop” to protect the grapes from the hot afternoon sun. Shoot thinning and green thinning occur to ensure an even intense crop. Perhaps it is the elevation, or the soils, but this vineyard gives us some of the best balanced fruit we work with.

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