Double Gold Medal, 2017 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon
Double Gold Medal, 2017 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon
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.
Gold Medal, 2016 Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada
Silver Medal, 2016 Dan Berger International Wine Competition (formerly Riverside)
Gold Medal, 2016 Cascadia Wine Awards
Bronze Medal, BC Wine Awards 2015
3.5 stars – Bill Zacharkiw– Wine Align – October 28, 2015
Great fruit and texture. Just a hint of oak, but this is all about gorgeous gamay fruit. Dark red berries, richer than expected texture and delicate tannin. One of the best gamays I have tasted from Joie.
90 points – Sara d’Amato – Wine Align – October 8, 2015
Rich and fleshy, this feisty gamay offers notes of smoky meat and greater body than previous incarnations. Notes of ripe cherry and spearmint, pomegranate and dried leaf make up the intricate palate. A gamay with the complexity of a pinot noir. Alcohol does feel a touch hot but there is great depth of flavour and excellent length. Tasted October 2015.
89 points – John Szabo – Wine Align – October 4, 2015
Another fine vintage for the Joie Farm Gamay, this edition a little more meaty and plush than the previous, offering dense, ripe, dark fruit flavours, mouth filling richness and alcohol (13.5% declared). This balances power and ripeness with soft, suave tannins and more than adequate acids to maintain freshness. Solid and satisfying all around. Drink or hold short term. Tasted October 2015.
Kurtis Kolt – MyWineCanada – September 29, 2015
89 points – Daenna van Mulligan – Wine Diva – September 28, 2015
Wild raspberries, red cherry, white pepper with floral and earthy notes at the core. The palate is juicy and silky; tangy red fruit and fine peppery spice flavours dominate. Good persistence – very charming.
91 points – Rick van Sickle – Wines in Niagara – November, 2014
A juicy and delightful rendition of this lovely grape with a nose of cherry, plum, pepper, garden herbs and loamy-earthy notes. The cherry fruit is meaty on the palate with beautifully balanced spice and acidity. One of Canada’s top expressions of this increasingly popular variety.
90 points– John Szabo – Wine Align – Aug 6, 2014
This is lovely, succulent, juicy, cran-cherry flavoured gamay, with firm acids and light gritty tannins straight out of the textbook. There’s r eal pep and guts in this wine, giving the desire to return for multiple sips. Serve slightly chilled for maximum effect. Archetypical stuff. Tasted June 2014.
89 points – Treve Ring – Wine Align – Aug 6, 2014
This gamay gains my appreciation with air in the glass, allowing all the pure cherry fruit and dusty raspberries to really shine. Good structure props up the orchard fruit without distracting from it – lovely summer strawberries, cherries and fine grained tannins finish with a silky raspberry note. Pass the albacore tuna. #GoGamayGo
Recommended – Eric Degerman & Andy Perdue – Great Northwest Wine – November 28, 2014
In her previous life, Heidi Noble showcased her culinary skills in the kitchens of some of Canada’s top restaurants before she moved to Vancouver and became a sommelier. She continues to keep food applications in the back of her mind while working in the cellar with her wines. This Gamay, farmed from nearby Deep Roots Vineyard on the Naramata Bench, takes on a dark,
stormy and earthy approach with its tones of plum, currants, blackberry, toast and vanilla bean. It picks up gamy and savory notes in the finish, along with a pinch of sage. Suggested pairings include smoked black cod, barbecued ribs, mushrooms and steak fries.