“En Famille” Reserve Pinot Noir 2015 Reviews


92 points – Tony Aspler – September 2017

Medium ruby colour; earthy, cherry with oak spice on the nose, tobacco and floral top notes; medium to full-bodied, dry, cherry and currant flavours; velvety mouth-feel, richly extracted, firmly structured and well-balanced with resolved tannins. (92)

2015 PTG Reviews

90 points – Tony Aspler – September 2017 Ruby colour; cherry pit nose with a candied raspberry note; medium-bodied, dry, lovely mouth-feel; cherry, red plum with a licorice note and a floral grace note.

2015 Pinot Noir Awards

Gold Medal, 2017 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon

Silver Medal, 2017 Pacific Rim Wine Competition, California


2015 PTG Awards

Silver Medal, 2017 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon


2015 Gamay Awards

Double Gold Medal, 2017 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon


“En Famille” Reserve Pinot Noir 2014 Reviews

93 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – August 30, 2016

This is from Joie’s top tier and it lives up to the billing — a highly aromatic nose of rich cherry, incense, toasted barrel spices, caramel and violets. Ripe cherry is the driving force on the palate with silky tannins, integrated spice and plenty of uplifting acidity to keep everything in check. Just a gorgeous, balanced quintessential Okanagan Pinot with its own identity and intrigue.

89 Points – Steve Thurlow – Wine Align – August 30, 2016

This is a delicious fruity ripe pinot that is not that complex but is well crafted with a good depth of flavour and fine balance. Expect aromas of black raspberry and plum fruit with nutty and leather notes and delicate oak spice. Midweight to full bodied with good length, just a tad on the flabby side with very mild tannin. Enjoy with a rare steak. Best 2016 to 2018. Tasted August 2016.

90 Points – Sara D’Amato – Wine Align – August 29, 2016

A carefully crafted, well-measured pinot noir with a velvety, tannic texture and impressive depth of flavour. The alcohol is nicely restrained and the nose is highly expressive with notes of bramble, toasted almond, tomato leaf, cherry and new leather. The palate offers elegance with fresh but unobtrusive acidity and slight meatiness. Very good length. Best 2017-2019.

92.5 Points – Tony Aspler – TonyAspler.com – August 21, 2016

Deeper ruby than the previous Pinot; spicy, vanilla oak, ripe cherry and red plum bouquet with a thread of minerality; full-bodied, dry, richly-extracted, vivid fruit flavours, beautifully balanced with great structure.


PTG 2014 Reviews

91 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – August 30, 2016

A classic blend from JoieFarm of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Gamay. It’s a unique Canadian wine with a nose of black cherry cane cola, plums, raspberries and a full range of savoury spices. It is juicy on the palate with some tannic structure to go with black cherry, black licorice, pepper and spice. Ripe and delicious.

89.5 points – Tony Aspler – TonyAspler.com – August 21, 2016

Ruby-purple colour; cedary, spicy, cherry pit nose with a light oak note; medium-bodied, dry, cherry and cranberry flavours with a touch of tannin on the finish. Well balanced and firm

88 points – Steve Thurlow – Wine Align – August 19, 2016

Passe-tout-grains is a Burgundian term for a blend of pinot noir and gamay. This is a dry red with delicate plum aromas and flavours with lemon, smoke and basil tones. It is very dry, midweight and well balanced with good to very good length. Try with Bbq sausages. Best 2016 to 2018. Tasted August 2016.

Pinot Noir 2014

90 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – August 30, 2016
Like a bowl of fresh-picked black cherries on the nose with well-integrated spice and earthy-savoury bits in behind. Cherry dominates the palate with added raspberry, spice and supple tannins.
89 points – Sara D’Amato – Wine Align – August 29, 2016
Highly appealing, nicely rounded with supple tannins and a good degree of viscosity. Notes of earth, dried leaf and pine needle are subtle alongside the bold cherry fruit. Very well balanced and ready to drink. Excellent length. Tasted August 2016.
91 points – Tony Aspler – TonyAspler.com – August 21, 2016
Ruby colour; spicy cherry nose with well-integrated oak; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, red plum and cherry flavours, lovely mouth-feel with good length. A charming wine.
89 points – Steve Thurlow – Wine Align – August 23, 2016
This is a very appealing fresh youthful pinot with floral tones to the bright red cherry and raspberry fruit aromas and flavours. The oak treatment is very subtle and nicely complements the juicy wine. Well balanced with very good length. Best 2016 to 2019. Tasted August 2016.
89 points – Rhys Pender – Wine Align – July 15, 2016
A pretty floral nose with bright ripe cherry and plum fruit. The palate has great freshness and purity with lots of red berry fruit and a nice long finish.

Gamay 2014 Reviews

90 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – August 30, 2016

Such a lovely nose of plums, cherries, earth and savoury spices. It’s a fruit bomb on the palate with ripe plum, raspberry and cherry with underlying earth, smoke and spice that’s propped up by racy acidity. Suggested pairings: grilled lamb, smoked salmon and game meats.

92 points – Sara D’Amato – Wine Align – August 22, 2016

As far as global gamay goes, this is a top example and worthy of seeking out. If you love Beaujolais Crus than you’ll be blown away by this exquisite offering which is beautifully proportioned and generous in nature. Flavours are very typical but more wild and spicy than your average gamay. A touch meaty and earthy but not overwhelmingly so with notes of rhubarb, dried kale, crunchy salt, wild game and red berry fruit. Alcohol is refreshingly low but the impact of the wine is not affected. Excellent length. Tasted August 2016.

89.5 points – Tony Aspler – TonyAspler.com – August 21, 2016

ruby colour; spicy, cherry nose with a cedary note; medium-bodied, fruity, cherry ,red plum and raspberry flavours with lively acidity and a cinnamon note on the finish. Good mouth–feel.

91 points – Remy Charest – Wine Align – July 26, 2016

What’s not to like about this gamay? The fruit is bright and energetic, there’s a lovely touch of spice, great length and it’s very, very yummy.

93 points – Michael Godel – Wine Align – July 14, 2016

A gamay with global explorations that is so inimitable it founds it’s own, toute de suite, self-dissolving genre. This really sweats and wicks away the umami of gamay. It has the notion, sumptuous spice, tight, circular winds and biggest stage presence. Such a mineral palate, density and the gumption to pour with unwavering varietal swagger. Best in show. Drink 2016-2021. Tasted blind at NWAC16, June 2016.