Cairdeas Winery 2014 Counoise, Yakima Valley, $36

By on September 3, 2017

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.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 88 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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