Wine: Counoise from Jed Steele’s Writer’s Block

Writer's Block Counoise

Writer's Block Counoise

Always a sucker to try a new esoteric wine, I could not pass up the opportunity to try out wine made from the Counoise Grape by Jed Steele. For the background, Counoise is one of the Rhone Varietals that tends to be a background singer and seldom found as a stand alone wine. The grape itself is typically a deep purple color with thinner skins yielding a dark wine with low tannic acids.


Colors of deep ruby-garnet radiate when spinning the wine around your glass emitting bright aromatics of cherries, raspberries,  and light cinnamon. With the first sip, the medium body of this wine delicately dances across the palate with bright

Counoise Grapes

Counoise Grapes

mineral sensation mingled with raspberries and blackberries. at the mid-palate a distinct nuttiness permeates your mouth with the berries becoming slightly more intense and as the flavor profile finishes a nice spiciness of cinnamon and light red pepper prevail.

This wine would be wonderful paired against braised pork ribs and a root vegetable hash.


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