|t’s easy to find popular grapes such as Merlot and Riesling for our Washington state section, but when an obscure, fun varietal like this comes along, it’s hard not to fall in love. It’s one of the grapes allowed in Châteauneuf-du-Pape blends — though rarely used — and a few of the microclimates in Washington’s Columbia Valley really allow this grape to thrive. For those who haven’t tried Counoise before, it’s reminiscent of a Pinot Noir. Ribera Vineyards’ Counoise is beautiful in the glass, showing a soft plum hue. It is a light, elegant, pretty red, with delicate raspberry and strawberry notes on both the nose and palate and enough fresh acidity to complement all kinds of dishes, especially spicy ones. A hint of subtle earth on the finish brings the wine together and entices you to take another sip.
~ John, Wine Buyer at 67Wine