Cairdeas Winery 2012 Counoise, Yakima Valley, $36

By on May 3, 2015

cairdeas-winery-counoise-2012-bottleThis young husband/wife team in Chelan, Wash., pushed the legal labeling standards for this Counoise from Airfield Ranch in Porsser by adding Petite Sirah (25%) from Inland Desert Nursery’s vineyard near Red Mountain to the final equation of this Southern Rhone-themed blend. There’s a spicy greetings in the nose with cracked black pepper and horehound along with poached cherry, fig, lavender and dried herb. Inside is a smooth entry of black currant and black cherry, backed by mild tannins, ample acidity and a lick of horehound candy. This merited a silver medal at the 2015 Seattle Wine and Food Wine Awards.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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One Comment

  1. Dewey Lybecker

    May 4, 2015 at 10:17 am

    We are so thrilled with the development and award winning quality of the carefully crafted Cairdeas wines!

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