2020 Railsback Counoise
A note from Lyle Railsback
The Nolan Ranch is a new vineyard that we’re excited to have partnered with, from a steep ridge in the newly-awarded Alisos Canyon AVA in Santa Ynez, with an incredibly diverse terroir that’s loaded with limestone and fossils. Of their 105 acres of grapes, a mere 0.88 acres are planted to Counoise cuttings from Beaucastel.
Having not worked with this cépage previously we reached out to Daniel Brunier from Vieux Télégraphe and Daniel Ravier from Domaine Tempier for advice. Ravier in turn reached out to Etienne Portalis at Château Pradeaux and Brunier reached out to the Perrins at Château de Beaucastel on our behalf. Both insisted that Counoise was “the grape of the future” for their southern climates, offering a natural acidity and freshness in a continually warming climate. It was suggested that we de-stem, rather than ferment in whole bunches, and the outcome was better than we could have imagined.
The floral aromatics of the Counoise are a perfect marriage for the mineral-rich terroir of Alisos Canyon. This juicy red has the joy and freshness that we love in Cru Beaujolais, the structure and chewiness that we love in the Southern Rhône, and the sunshine and tightrope elegance that brought us to Santa Ynez.
USA, California, Santa Ynez Valley
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