Plein de Vie Brut 2016 Reviews

90 points – John Schreiner – John Schreiner On Wine – August 2017

It begins with aromas of cherry and strawberry that are echoed in the flavours. The active mousse, achieved by gentle carbonation gives this a creamy texture. This is a very easy to drink sparkling rose with a crisp dry finish.

87 points – Treve Ring – Gismondi On Wine – July 2017

Tastes like summer. 2016 Plein de Vie Brut is a pinot meunier, pinot noir, chardonnay charmat fizz. Like its white brethern it is a bit foamy but bright, fresh and friendly showing just-crushed raspberries and strawberry jam, on a bright, frothy palate all with a kiss of sunny sweetness and a lift of bright cranberry acidity. Fun!


Rosé 2016 Reviews

91 points – Tim Pawsey – Quench Magazine – November 2017

Pinot Noir (75%) from Hollenbach, Penticton and Gamay (25%) from St Hubertus, Kelowna Mission combine for a complex rosé that offers red fruit, strawberry and pronounced sage aromas. Followed by a juicy, distinctively vinous palate of cranberry and citrus wrapped in juicy, persistent acidity through a lengthy, dry finish. Think coho salmon.

88 points – Rick Vansickle – Wines in Niagara – April 2017

The blend is 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Gamay with a nose of fresh-picked raspberries, cherry, strawberry and light herb notes. It’s slightly off-dry on the palate with ripe red fruits and a smooth, delicious and perky finish.

87 points – Liam Carrier – Icon Scores – April 2017

A delightful rosé with a pleasant combination of candied red fruit, dried herbs and citrus characters on the expressive nose and the nearly-dry palate. This blend of 75% Pinot and 25% Gamay makes a perfect sun-drenched patio companion thanks to its refreshing, cranberry acidity on the long finish where a touch of alcohol and lemon peel lingers. Drink now-2016.

89 points – David Lawrason – Wine Align – April 2017

This is a very bright, almost day-glo pink rose. Loads of colour. It has a soft sweet nose of strawberry jam, cranberry and currants, with subtle anise and herbs. It’s medium weight, quite substantial and essentially dry. Nicely textured, balanced and fresh with lively acidity. Very good focus and length. Tasted April 2017

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

One of the most versatile wine styles for food pairing. We should all be drinking more pink. On the nose, there’s some solid Turkish delight business going on, along with watermelon and hints of strawberry, but when you get to those first few sips, waves of citrus fruit—like blood orange, key lime, and mandarin—carry the wine forward, finishing off with a kiss of ripe apricot.

A great time and place for Thai takeout, as the wine finishes a wee bit off-dry, just enough to handle any spice and heat.



2016 Rosé Awards

Silver Medal, 2017 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon

Silver Medal, 2017 Pacific Rim Wine Competition, California

Rosé 2015 Reviews

91 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines In Niagara – May 4, 2016

A blend of Pinot Noir (70%) and Gamay, this just-right rose style shows a bright pink hue and has an expressive nose of raspberry, rhubarb and strawberry with a subtle hint of herbs. It’s perfectly dry on the palate with a range of red fruits including red currants, cran-cherry and strawberry with refreshing and mouth-watering acidity. Delicious.

90 points – Daenna van Mulligan – Wine Scores / Wine Diva 

It’s the herald of spring – the always anticipated JoieFarm Re-Think Pink! Rose. Heidi Noble has been making her trademark pink in a serious manner before pink became uber-popular.
As typical, it is made from Pinot Noir (70%) and Gamay. I approve the lower (4 grams per litre) residual sugar of this vintage.
The colour is expected ruby with an intense nose of kumquats, cranberry, strawberry and red currents layered with forest floor, leather, tealeaf and fine spice. It has notable structure, focused acidity and a long zesty finish.
Pair: Seafood, white meats, cheese and charcuterie, salads and curries or spicy chilled noodle salads.

89 points – Sara d’Amato – Wine Align – April 24, 2016

A serious rosé endeavouring wine drinkers to “re-think pink” – a noble objective. A very peppery rosé based on gamay and pinot noir. Colour is nicely pigmented. Dry with notes of rhubarb, raspberry lemonade, cherry, red pepper and rose. Fleshy and substantial but nicely balanced with lively acidity and a touch of savory dried herbs. Great length. Tasted April 2016.

88 points – Steve Thurlow – Wine Align – April 17, 2016

This is a red wine drinkers summer wine, it is really just a pale red. The nose shows mild aromas of rhubarb and cherry fruit with some aromatic herbal notes. The palate is midweight and finely balanced by soft acidity with a long fruity finish. Try with a ham sandwich. Very good length. Best 2016 to 2017. Tasted April 2016.

88 points – Liam Carrier – – April 12, 2016

A very consistent wine, year-to-year, with a distinct colour and profile offering juicy, red fruit and light, dried herbs on the expressive nose and the slightly, off-dry, textured palate where the residual sugar is balanced beautifully by tart cranberry acidity, light tannins and tangy citrus notes. Your go-to, feel-good rosé. Drink now-2016.




2015 Rosé Awards

Bronze Medal, 2016 Pacific Rim Wine Awards, California

Silver Medal, 2016 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon