Cairdeas Winery 2014 Counoise, Yakima Valley, $36
This year, we’ve given our highest rating of Outstanding! to five Rhône-inspired wines by Charlie Lybecker, a list that includes this 2014 Counoise. Meek Vineyard near Red Mountain in the Yakima Valley American Viticultural Area is responsible for the Counoise (85%) and the Cinsault (8%), while the Alicante Bouschet (10%) hails from nearby Inland Desert. The bright red fruit aromas of cranberry and lingonberry include cinnamon oil and white pepper. It’s a juicy drink of boysenberry and cherry, backed by soft golden raspberry tannins and finished with cherry cola and more pepper. While it was released as a wine-club offering, inquire at the tasting room.
Production: 88 cases