Availability: Direct from winery. Private wine stores
Date Tasted: November 30th, 2009
Tasting Notes: Many of BC's best white wines originate from the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley and bench producer Joie Farm's whites are among those that garner the most attention, and deservedly so.
Joie Farm have release two Chardonnays each vintage; a ready to drink, stevin-capped, Unoaked Chardonnay and a fully-oaked and full-malolactic fermentation, cork-enclosed Reserve Chardonnay that will benefit from some aging.
If you can't wait the recommended one year before opening the 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Award of Excellence winning Reserve Chardonnay, you will enjoy youthful aromas of butter, pear, apple with floral and mineral notes. On the palate you will taste flavours of lemon, pear, wet cement, green apple, melon and oak notes with high-minus acidity and a seemingly never ending finish.
I believe this wine will age beautifully and am laying down a couple bottles in my cellar. I'll get a glimpse of the aging potential when I open a bottle of the 2006 Vintage next year. Drink 2010-2015. - LC