A Noble Blend 2016 Reviews

89 points – Anthony Gismondi and Treve Ring – Gismondi on Wine – April 2017

Noble Blend has been a success story not only for JoieFarm, but for British Columbia wine almost from its inception. In the spirit of Alsace’s Edelzwicker (translated as ‘a noble blend’, founder / winemaker’s surname), this is a blend of gewürztraminer, riesling, pinot blanc, pinot auxerrois and muscat, sourced from 11 vineyards across the Okanagan Valley. Fragrant and perfumed, this aromatic white charms with juicy rosewater, lychee, orange blossom, ripe pear, pink grapefruit with gingersnap spicing on the snappy finish. In 2016 there is a return to the lighter, leaner, nimble, fresher Noble Blend that we have grown to love over the years. Well done Noble.

89 points – Remy Charest – Wine Align – April 2017

This signature blend of gewurztraminer, riesling, pinot blanc and pinot auxerrois is a real treat, in its 2016 incarnation. Fresh and aromatic at the same time, with a lovely texture on the palate. Delicious stuff.

90 points – Liam Carrier – Icon Scores – April 2017

Opens with a delectable nose of Tropical, citrus and orchard fruit aromas with a touch of clove and stonefruit supporting. This well-balanced, off-dry blend of 38% Gewurztraminer, 37% Riesling , 11% Pinot Blanc, 8% Pinot Auxerrois and 5% Muscat delivers an irresistible combination of tangy citrus and ripe exotic fruit, minerals and herbs. Light, spicy notes linger on the moderate-plus finish with traces of citrus peel and hay. Further development is possible. Hold for another 2-3 years but not much longer than that. Drink now-2020.

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 A Noble Blend Awards

Gold Medal, 2017 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon

Bronze Medal, 2017 Pacific Rim Wine Competition, California

A Noble Blend 2015 Reviews

90 points –  Remy Charest – Wine Align – May 31, 2016

In all likelihood the best version of this remarkably smart blend of Alsatian varieties. Exciting and aromatic, luscious yet nervy and refreshing, it seems to strike absolutely all the right notes. Pretty much the perfect summer wine.

91 points –  Tim Pawsey – The Hired Belly 

Joie’s flagship blend is mainly Gewurz and Riesling with Pinot Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc, and a splash of Muscat and Schoenberger. The result is an aromatic wine with spicy and floral notes through a juicy, gently tropical toned mid palate and a zesty end

90 points –  John Szabo – Wine Align – May 17, 2016

A fine follow-up to the also excellent 2014, this “Noble Blend” of aromatic grapes led by gewürztraminer and riesling has become a house specialty and flagship style for Joie. I think they’ve nailed the effusive floral-fruity aromatics here, and pitched the acid-sweetness balance marvellously (7 grams of sugar for almost 9 of acid), though this remains gentle on the palate thanks to the voluptuous text of gewurz and the softer aids of pinot blanc. Flavour intensity is high over all, and they style is tailor made for fragrant southeast Asian cuisine with its own sweet-sour-aromatic-piquant balance. Tasted May 2016.

3.5/5 stars – Bill Zacharkiw – Wine Align – May 9, 2016

Joie are really dialing this blend down. Sweet fruit on the attack. Richly textured but finishes tight with a refreshing bitter and spice note. Excellent aperitif or with spicy seafood. May 2016

90 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – May 4, 2016

A proprietary six-grape blend with Gewurztraminer doing the heavy lifting. It has a spicy nose of nutmeg, ginger, creamy pear, tropical fruits and grapefruit. It has gorgeous mouth-feel and juicy acidity on the palate with a broad range of exotic fruit and spicy lychee, grapefruit and guava.

91 points – Liam Carrier – IconScores.ca – April 27, 2016

Primarily a Gewurztraminer-Riesling blend (47%-32% respectively) with smaller portions of Pinot Auzerrois, Pinot Blanc and a splash of Muscat and Schoenberger; an artful assemblage seeking balance and joy. JoieFarm’s flagship wine fulfils its purpose and will put a smile on the face of even the most serious of curmudgeons thanks to its irresistible combination of off-dry Tropical-exotic fruit, tangy citrus acidity, cool mineral and savoury herb notes.

90 points –  Sara d’Amato – Wine Align – April 26, 2016

Lush and vibrant at once, this Alsatian inspired blend offers a fragrant nose of tender blossom, fresh lime and green apple. On the palate, a great deal of fruit is tempered by saline and zesty acids. Flavours of honeydew melon, orange blossom and white grapefruit dominate the fleshy, almost bone dry palate of great intensity. Great length. Excellent value. Tasted April 2016.

90 points –  Steve Thurlow – Wine Align – April 20, 2016

This wine is a complex blend of five aromatic grapes; gewürztraminer, riesling, pinot blanc, pinot auxerrois and schönburger. The lifted nose of baked apple fruit plus guava jam and baked lemon with ginger spice is very appealing. The palate is rich and lively with a soft acidic balance and some fruit sweetness, however it finishes dry with very good length. Try with seafood and chicken dishes. Tasted April 2016.

2015 A Noble Blend Awards

Silver Medal, 2016 Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada

Silver Medal, 2016 Dan Berger International Wine Competition (formerly Riverside)

Gold Medal, 2016 Pacific Rim Wine Awards, California

Gold Medal, 2016 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon

Best British Columbia Wine, 2016 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon