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.