JoieFarm 2011 PTG - 89pts

JoieFarm 2011 PTG (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here upon release
Cost: $23.90
Alcohol: 12.8%
Production: 530 cases
Date Tasted: August 31st, 2013

Tasting Notes: Joie's PTG, from the French "Passe-Tout-Grains", is a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay (historical blending partners in Burgundy) which yields an intriguing melange of funky earthiness and tangy, raciness. Imagine a combination of cherry, raspberry, plum and cranberry fruit heated on a stove top with loads of spice and vanilla, then mix-in elements of the forest, bright acidity and savoury notes like oak and dried herbs and you have the 2011 PTG.

Where the 2010 edition was cellar worthy with aging potential, I see the 2011 better suited for early consumption. Now sealed with a Stelvin cap enclosure to seal in the inherent freshness of the wine, though, I would recommend a lengthy decanting before drinking to allow the wine to properly express the layers beyond the pure fruit aromas and flavours. Drink now-2016.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013

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