JoieFarm 2013 A Noble Blend - 91pts
Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Production: 6236 cases, 486 magnums, 90 double magnums
Date Tasted: May 12th, 2014
Tasting Notes: JoieFarm's A Noble Blend draws inspiration from the Gentil blends of Alsace, France, which, for the most part, combine the region's traditional Germanic varieties into easily-accessible, entry-level, uncomplicated table wines. JoieFarm takes the concept of this humble wine and turns it on its head to produce a premium blend that has become the Naramata Bench winery's flagship label.
The 2013 edition is predominately a Gewurztraminer-Riesling blend (at 45% and 38%, respectively) with the balance being 8% Pinot Auxerrois, 4% Pinot Blanc, 3% Muscat and 1% Schoenberger. Tropical, citrus and pear fruit hit you first in the form of vibrant aromas and intensely sweet flavours. Then, the wine's secondary and tertiary layers appear as waves of crisp acidity and lingering spice; adding balance and complexity. This wine is a joy to drink. Enjoy it on its own or with a succulent, crab salad. Drink now-2017.
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