JoieFarm 2010 Reserve Gewurztraminer - 90pts

JoieFarm 2010 Reserve Gewurztraminer (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $27.90
Alcohol: 13.5%
Production: 98 cases
Date Tasted: August 25th, 2012

Tasting Notes: Exquisite fruit, a gentle crush and a patient fermentation can only augment the inherent joyful expression of sweet, exotic fruit that Gewurztraminer yearns to project. Sourced from their ultra low-yielding home vineyard (1.25 tons per acre) on the Naramata Bench, this example of the Alsatian noble grape offers a pleasant nose of lychee, papaya, clove and orange blossom aromas with light sugarcane notes. The full-bodied, off-dry palate has similar flavours with added pear and mineral characters. Unctuous, to be sure, but well-balanced by the acid.

With only 98 cases produced this is going to be a hard wine to get hold of unless you order direct as restaurants will likely snatch-up a large allotment due to its food pairing potential and uniqueness. Classic pairing is spicy Thai or other Asian fare. However, for something a bit different go for the traditional Alsatian pairing of Munster cheese; this lovely wine is worth the effort it may take to source this product.

I've personally lived through the disappointment of even Grand Cru Gewurztraminer aging poorly so I recommend drinking this wine in its youth. Drink 2012-2014.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012

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