Bronze Medal, 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition, Oregon
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.
Chairman’s Award – Best in Class, 2014 Riverside International Wine Competition
Gold Medal – 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver Medal, 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada
Gold Medal – 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver Medal, 2014 Great Northwest Wine Competition
Silver Medal, 2014 All Canadian Wine Championships
Bronze Medal, 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Awards
91 Points – Beppi Crosariol – August 11, 2015
Blended from the winery’s best 15 barrels, this is a new standard-bearer for Canadian pinot noir. Ripe and concentrated with suggestions of black currant and plum and laced with peppery spice and an earthy essence, it’s firmly structured with a strong tannin and acid grip.
Outstanding – Northwest Wine – July 16, 2015
The remarkable vintage of 2012 elevated Pinot Noir beyond the Willamette Valley and into British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, as exemplified with this 12-barrel selection of Dijon clones by co-winemakers Heidi Noble and Robert Thielicke. The lot represents Cellarsbend Vineyard near JoieFarm’s Naramata Bench winery, Trout Creek Vineyard across Okanagan Lake from the winery and Hollenbach Family Vineyard on the Skaha Bench to the south. They combine to produce a nose of cocoa powder and dusty minerality with ripe strawberry, red currant, beet juice and a fresh shot of espresso. Inside, there’s a bright entry and beautiful structure featuring fresh, high-toned red fruit flavors akin to raspberry, cranberry and Montmorency cherry. Fine-grained tannins settle into the background as the acidity takes center stage. Suggested pairings include smoked pork, seared duck breast, poached salmon, roast venison or wild mushroom ragout.
91 points – Rhys Pender, MW – Wine Align – September 27, 2013
The Joie Reserve wines are pretty hot off the bat. Not trumped up with more wood, power or sweetness but with flavour from the vineyard. This combines juicy cool vintage red fruit Pinot character with some earthy, clove spice, game meat and dried herbal characters giving it an old world feel. Some brighter cherry, strawberry and mulberry aromas show its New World origin. The palate is fresh and crisp, packed with juicy red berry fruit with an underlying minerality, dried sage, hints of pipe tobacco, leather, charred meat and more baking spice. The finish is long and still quite firm suggesting good cellaring potential for 6-10 years.
91 points – Rick van Sickle – WinesInNiagara.com – September 30, 2013
A robust and energetic Pinot with juicy cherry fruits, currants, earthy-underbrush and savoury spice notes on the nose. It is assertive on the palate with bold flavours of cherry-raspberry mingling with dark fruits, oak spices, meaty-earthy notes, evident tannic structure and built to age or to enjoy now with duck, smoked pork or cedar plank wild caught salmon.
90+ points – Liam Carrier – IconScores.ca – August 21, 2013
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+.
90 points – David Lawrason – Wine Align – September 19, 2013
En Famille is a ‘reserve’ selection of 12 best barrels, with fruit from three central Okanagan sites. The nose shows very ripe, almost Californian raspberry jam very nicely fitted with evergreen, spice, toast and vanillin. It’s medium weight, fleshy then tightens down with a more earthy, coniferous and sage finish. A bit of alcohol heat and greenish tannin on the finish. The length is excellent. Best 2 014 to 2017.
90 points – DJ Kearney – Wine Align – July 15, 2013
Triple vineyard sourced reserve Pinot Noir has a perfumed and restrained pinot nose that’s half fruit and half all the earthy things we seek in pinot like tea leaves, violets, game birds, and carcuterie. Crunchy red currant and ripe raspberry fruit is the focus of the palate with fresh and brisk acidity. Mid-weight with slightly grippy tannins, nuanced oak and a long herbal finish. Wonderful ripeness and balance achieved in a tricky vintage. I can see some delightful funk developing in a few years.
Excellent – Andy Perdue & Eric Degerman – Great Northwest Wine – July 3, 2013
This reserve-level Pinot Noir uses grapes from the Naramata Bench and other nearby vineyards, and only the top barrels are chosen. This opens with aromas of ripe watermelon, black cherry, cedar and moist earth. On the palate, it provides suave flavors of pomegranate, black cherry and red plum, all backed with mild tannins.
4/5 stars – Harry Hertscheg – Quench.me – September 6, 2013
Complex aromas feature smoky scents, fragrant floral, woodsy forest and earthy spice. Impeccable balance, enhanced by complex black fruit, red berries and savouriness. Finishes with ripe sweet fruit flecked by liquorice and mineral notes. Age-worthy, so will evolve gracefully up to the end of this decade.