JoieFarm 2009 A Noble Blend - 90pts
Joie Farm 2009 A Noble Blend (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC
Availability: Direct from winery (online). Fine wine shops
Cost: $24 (winery website), $27-30 (wine shops)
Date Tasted: March 19th, 2010
Tasting Notes: I love Gewurztraminers made from grapes grown on the Naramata Bench of BC's Okanagan Valley. The bench gets great sun exposure but never gets too hot with cool breezes from the massive Okanagan Lake keeping the grapes from ripening too early: perfect conditions. This white blend from fan-favourite (and restaurant-favourite) winery Joie Farm has everything a great BC Gewurztraminer should have and more. They achieve "more" by adding elements from other varietals that also do well on the bench.
The final blend is an homage to Alsace "Gentil" wines composed of Alsatian varietals Gewurztraminer (60%), Pinot Gris (20%), Pinot Auxerrois (12%) and Riesling (8%). The end result is a beautiful wine that sings a seductive, feminine song in the glass.
Aromatic aromas of concentrated lychee fruit, Asian pear, crushed flowers and light spice with a subtle minerality. The medium-minus bodied palate offers a gentle mouth feel, a touch of residual sugar and flavours of tropical fruit essence and savoury spices with high-minus grapefruit acidity. A long, balanced finish with lingering spice completes the experience. Drink now through 2012.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010