2012 “En Famille” Reserve Pinot Noir

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

“En Famille” Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 Reviews

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.