Notorious Rhone Red Blend, Mt. Veeder
Notorious Rhone Red Blend, Mt. Veeder
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Gold Medal, Class Champion, Belt Buckle award at the 2019 Rodeo Uncorked International Wine Competition
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/ 2015 Vintage

We produced only three barrels of this special wine. It is rare not only because of the scarce bottles produced, but the unique combination of its growing location at the top of Mt. Veeder in Napa Valley and the use of the obscure grape varietal, Counoise (pronounced “Coon-wahz”). This special blend is a mountain-top version of a French Châteauneuf-du-Pape blend. It is 28% Grenache, 26% Syrah, 24% Mourvedre, and 22% of beautiful, magical Counoise. What is Counoise? It is a component of many Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines, providing much needed balance to the characteristic intense spice, strong tannins, and high alcohol of Syrah. Counoise has moderate alcohol and tannins, juicy fruit, bracing acidity, and supple aromatics. In short, it is lovely.

Our version of Counoise is a deep purple-red with intense flavors of anise, strawberries, and blueberries. It has aromas of vanilla bean and smoked bacon intermingled with ripe blackberry jam. It is aged for 22 months in French oak barrels, which contributes to its velvety texture and opulently long finish.  We suggest decanting this wine for 20 minutes prior to serving.  It is ready to drink now, but can be cellared and enjoyed until 2025.   


Wine Details
Napa Valley
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Anise. Strawberries. Blueberries. Vanilla Bean. Smoked Bacon. Ripe Blackberry Jam.
Gold Medal, Class Champion - 2019 Houston Rodeo Uncorked Wine Competition
Product Reviews
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Tim Wente
(Jan 22, 2019 at 2:10 PM)
Outstanding wine. The nose was filled with fragrances of berries. The blueberry, strawberry and vanilla really came through when tasting. It was a little tight when I first opened it, but after some time in the glass it really opened up. I really enjoyed it and glad I purchased 4 bottles!

Josh's Gravatar
(Apr 23, 2019 at 6:00 PM)
4.5 stars. Outstanding. 30' decant. Enjoyed with balsalmic glazed chicken. Nose of blueberry and blackberry jam. Palate has smooth notes of oak, vanilla bean (a bit spicy!), clove, blueberry tart, and blackberry. Tart cherry on the finish. Terrific wine, albeit a touch higher alcohol than I would typically like.