‘En Famille’ Reserve Riesling 2015 Reviews

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

I tasted all these wines in my office just last week when Noble swung by with them, and although I don’t put energy into keeping any sort of poker face when tasting with winemakers, there’s no way I could have maintained one upon trying this Riesling. After just one sip, I was automatically beaming, exclaiming: “Oh, wow!” So let’s allow that to stand as my initial tasting note.

Some lovely Ambrosia apple flavours fill the palate, and there’s even a touch of apple skin in there that provides some fine texture. What gets me most is the ginger notes that ride all the way through to the lengthy finish. I’m not talking ginger that may be on your baking rack but the fresh-sliced stuff that’s lively, clean, and zingy; it brings a really cool dimension to the wine.


“En Famille” Reserve Gewurztraminer 2015 Reviews

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

There’s so much intensity and purity of fruit with this wine, it’s almost like a Gewürztraminer reduction. It has all the attributes we expect from the variety; all of the litchi, rosewater, and ginger are present and opulent, with a nice dusting of sage to balance things out. The grape can make for soft or flabby wines from time to time, but the acid and structure here are right on point.


“En Famille” Reserve Chardonnay 2015 Reviews

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

A departure from the Un-Oaked Chardonnay above, the “En Famille” take on the grape is fermented with native yeast and carries some enjoyable lifted oak, perfectly balancing all the wine’s orchard fruit. All the pears are here, too: Bosc! Anjou! Bartlett! Each one of them is perfectly ripe yet still fresh, with juicy acidity. A stunning example of how elegant Okanagan Chardonnay can be, I think it’s the best one she has made to date.


Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2016 Reviews

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

A highly aromatic and pure expression of Chardonnay with ripe tropical fruits, apple and citrus notes on the nose. It maintains freshness on the palate with a range of tropical fruit flavours, pineapple and touch of citrus to go with subtle minerality on the finish. A delight.

86 points – David Lawrason – Wine Align – April 2017

This is aromatically a very ripe, peachy, leesy chardonnay – non-oaked but there is plenty of complexity. It’s medium weight, with considerable acidity and lemon on the finish. Rather hard edged. The length is very good. I would give it some time to settle. Tasted April 2017

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

From fruit sourced up on the eastern bench above Skaha Lake, this crisp, shimmering Chardonnay offers juicy bites of Granny Smith apple, then splashes into the tropics with notes of guava and mango, all buoyed by mouthwatering acidity and bright minerality. Barbecue some chicken as well as a little first-of-the-season asparagus and you’re good to go!


Muscat 2016 Reviews

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

I do love this spicy rendition of Muscat, chock full of cloves and other spices on top of peach, lemon and star fruit on the nose. It’s has a fresh and dry impression on the palate, with rousing spice notes, exotic fruits, lemon and lime with a crisp finish.

87 points – David Lawrason – Wine Align – April 2017

This has a very lifted and interesting muscat nose of lavender, lemon, wasabi, anise and floral notes. It’s mid-weight, dry and tart edged, quite grippy and high in acidity, which will certainly make it very refreshing on a hot summer day. But there is an austerity here that is a bit unexpected. Very lemony on the finish. Tasted April 2017

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

Another pleasurable sipper that checks in at only 10.8 percent alcohol, so you can easily enjoy a couple of glasses without it weighing you down. When you’re swirling it in the glass, the aromatics are so darn pretty. Litchi, jasmine, rose petals, and grapefruit zest will fill the room, then charge their way onto your palate with a bunch of crunchy green grapes in tow.

A Noble Blend 2016 Reviews

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

The blend is 38% Gewurztraminer, 37% Riesling, 11% Pinot Blanc, 8% Pinot Auxerrois and the rest Muscat. Made in the spirit of Gentil, a traditional Germanic varietal blend made in Alsace, this is a friendly and fresh white with a fragrant and exotic nose of lychee, grapefruit, tropical fruits, nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s vibrant on the palate with a touch of honey sweetness to go with an array of exotic fruits, spice and perky, balancing acidity through the finish.

88 points – David Lawrason – Wine Align – April 2017

Joie has done a great job invoking the Alsatian character of BC aromatic whites. The climates of the two regions are similar. This has a lifted nose of lavender, spice, lemon and yellow plum aromas. It’s mid-weight, firm, dry and very bright, with quite green and yellow flavours on the palate. A bit astringent bitter. The length is very good to excellent. I would actually age this a year. Tasted April 2017

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

Hey, maybe it’s a cliché, but Joie­Farm’s Noble Blend just may be the epitome of the Okanagan in a glass.

This year’s blend sees a mix of Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Schoenberger, and Muscat, but it’s way more about the whole than the sum of its parts. An aromatic, breezy wine with zippy acidity, peaches, nectarines, Golden Delicious apples, and a few leaves of hallmark Okanagan sage.

Make things easy on yourself and pick up a couple of those Vij’s At Home boil-in-a-bag meals (I’m leaning toward the caramelized-onion and ginger lamb curry along with a little saag and paneer), pour a glass of this wine, and top it up liberally.


2016 Muscat Awards

Silver Medal, 2017 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon

2016 ‘Quotidien’ Brut

Double Gold, 2017 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon


2016 A Noble Blend Awards

Gold Medal, 2017 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon