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