JoieFarm 2011 "En Famille" Reserve Pinot Noir - 90+pts

JoieFarm 2011 "En Famille" Reserve Pinot Noir (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from winery here
Cost: $29.90
Alcohol: 12.7%
Production: 204 cases
Date Tasted: August 21st, 2013

Tasting Notes: Comparing the JoieFarm varietal Pinot Noir with the Naramata Bench firm's Reserve Pinot Noir is an examination of one's desire. Do you want to drink it now or in a few years? Do you want a more fruit forward wine or a forward thinking wine? Stelvin or cork?

The "En Famille" Pinot originates from the same lots of grapes pulled off of the Naramata Bench, Skaha Bench and Summerland vineyards that supply the fruit for the regular Pinot and most of the winemaking process is the same until you get into the influential élevage stage when the Reserve sees 10 months in Burgundian barriques prior to bottling instead of 10 months in 25hl casks. The comparative contrast is not dramatic, both yield a complex, well-balanced Pinot with plenty of classic-Pinot red fruit and earthiness but where the regular Pinot leads with fruit, the Reserve leads with its combination of savoury and earthy characters and is framed by more refined, polished tannins. Subtle differences that speak more to what you want to get out of the bottle than what went into it.

Enjoy the regular Pinot while you wait for the Reserve to mature over the next year or two. Sealed with natural cork enclosure, this Pinot is likely to develop through 2017 and possibly beyond. Drink 2014-2017+.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013

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