“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.


2015 “En Famille” Reserve Chardonnay


Silver Medal, 2017 Chardonnay du Monde, Burgundy

Silver Medal, 2017 Pacific Rim Wine Competition, California



2013 “En Famille” Reserve Chardonnay

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

Silver Medal, 2016 Chardonnay du Monde, Burgundy

Bronze Medal, 2016 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon


“En Famille” Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Reviews

90 points – Michael Godel – Wine Align – July 14, 2016

Deliciously aromatic, of platinum mineral, lemon and with every crevice filled in, piped in, infiltrated, by cream and with corporeal English. Some herbology and bitter lime come into play. Drink 2016-2019. Tasted blind at NWAC16, June 2016.

92 points – Beppi Crosariol – The Globe and Mail – May 24, 2016

Fermented mainly with wild yeasts and subtly oaked, this white is medium-full-bodied and elegant, with a silky texture carrying flavours of tropical and orchard fruits, subtle vanilla, butter and toasted hazelnut, well-framed by bright acidity. A comparably good chardonnay from Burgundy would likely be priced at least $10 higher.

89 points – Rhys Pender – Wine Align – May 13, 2016

Ripe peach, toasty oak, vanilla and pineapple. Classic Chard with plenty of caramel and richness as well as some restraint and freshness. Full bodied and rich yet finishes crisp with lots of toast, nut and ripe stone fruit. Some good complexity for a riper, richer, toasty style Chardonnay.

90 points – Remy Charest – Wine Align – April 5, 2016

A very classy, elegant chardonnay with ripe fruit and a lovely creaminess, and the structure to hold it together, and a great example that chardonnay can be delicious – and structured – in that generous, sunny style. Very well done.

92 points – Daenna Van Mulligan – Wine Scores/Wine Diva – March 24, 2016

Made from a 10 barrel selection, the grapes for this wine were harvested from JoieFarm’s prized Skaha Bluff vineyard. Native yeasts were used primarily and a secondary fermentation was carried out in various sized French oak. It’s a glory of Asian pear, golden apples and pineapple, spiced butter and sweet butter. It’s a stylish version – creamy yet wonderfully bright. Expect flavours of lemon curd, vanilla and spice with a hint of caramel. Deftly handled oak here with attractive weight and long finish.

92 points – Tim Pawsey – Hired Belly, Northshore News – March 23, 2016

92 points – John Schreiner – On Wine – March 20, 2016

This wine was fermented in barrels and puncheons with a combination of wild and Champagne yeast. The wine also aged eight months in oak (mostly second-fill or neutral oak). The result is an elegant wine with aromas of citrus and flavours of tangerine, pineapple and vanilla. There is a touch of honey on an otherwise dry finish; and the fresh acidity adds a note of crispness. The wine is drinking well now but, in the style of Burgundy, it has the structure to develop even more complexity over the next five to seven years.

90-91 points – Liam Carrier – Icon Scores – March 5, 2016

A beautifully balanced Chardonnay produced for the first time (that I can recall) from a single vineyard site along the Skaha Bluff. Elegant and delicately layered on the orchard, vanilla-cream and citrus fruit infused nose. The full-ish palate ramps-up the intensity with sweet, tropical fruit playing off gentle, effortless acidity and hints of savoury oak, butter-cream and nut notes. Should age well over the next 2-3 years with enhanced unctuousness on the palate expected. Drink 2016-2019.

92 points – Steve Thurlow – Wine Align – March 4, 2016

This is a gorgeous elegant midweight lightly oaked chardonnay with a soft creamy texture driven by vibrant acidity. Expect aromas of baked apple and pineapple fruit with lemon, toffee and pastry tones with a hint of buttered toast. The smooth palate has lots of flavour and is very rich leading to firm finish. Very good to excellent length. Try with roast pork or roast veal. Best 2016 to 2019. Tasted March 2016.

92 points – Sara d’Amato – Wine Align – March 2, 2016

A profusely elegant chardonnay, richly concentrated and with lively energy. Notes of light toast, creamy butter and a touch of butterscotch. The palate is round and fleshy offering flavours of pear, peach and pineapple. Despite the viscosity, there is great definition to this impressive Naramata chardonnay. Great balance and with with a surplus of charm. Don’t over chill. Tasted March 2016.

88 points – Treve Ring – Gismondi On Wine – March 1, 2016

Rich, ripe and vanilla toned, with thick cream, overripe pear, lemon curd and cracked clove. Sweet pear, applesauce and hazelnut rule the full bodied palate, textured with wood and closed with the return of the sweet perfumed vanilla and tropical fruit, along with a rise of heat. The En Famille range is a barrel selection from the Con Vida Vineyard on the Skaha Bluff. Wild ferment and malolactic took place in French barriques and puncheons, the expansive palate plumped further with biweekly battonage.

92 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines In Niagara – February 23, 2016

The En Famille top tier Chardonnay is a 10-barrel selection from Joie’s most-prized vineyard site, Con Vida, from the Skaha Bluff terroir. It has a gorgeous nose of apple, pear, roasted cashew, subtle vanilla, pineapple and a note of saline minerality. Such lovely texture on the palate with lightly toasted spice, creamy pear, crisp apple and tingling citrus acidity. This is a personable, delightful Chardonnay, a celebration of the vineyard and the Okanagan. Bravo.

92 points – Tony Aspler – TonyAspler.com – February 18, 2016

Bright straw colour; toasty, nutty, apple nose with vanilla oak notes; medium-bodied, dry, toasty, green pineapple and butterscotch flavours; rich and full on the palate with great length and balancing acidity.



“En Famille” Reserve Chardonnay 2012 Reviews

90 points – Sara d’Amato – Wine Align – September 12, 2015

A nicely lactic, slightly creamy but brightly acidic chardonnay made in a stylish Burgundian fashion. Flavours of toast, creme fraîche, lemon oil, and a hint of banana leaf on the palate are delicately laced with French oak. Great potency but not showy. For lovers of old school chardonnay.

91 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – September 7, 2015

A nose of grilled pineapple, lemon, lime, green apple, saline minerality and toasted vanilla spices. Such lovely fruit flavours on the palate and nicely balanced with the oak spices and freshening acidity through the finish.

90 points – John Szabo – Wine Align– September 1, 2015

Clearly ultra ripe, Joie’s Reserve chardonnay slips into almost late harvest chenin blanc or white Rhône-like richness in 2012, with honeyed pear and roasted hazelnut flavours leading the way, among many others. The palate is full and creamy, intense and powerful, balanced by sufficient acids and a fine salty twang on the finish. Wood is noted more for its oxidative flavour contribution than any marked remnants of new oak. All in all, this is a compelling, a-typical west coast chardonnay with broad and deep flavours. Drinking well now; considering the already oxidative character it seems there’s little to gain by much additional cellaring, though neither any rush to drink it.

93 Points – Beppi Crosariol – The Globe and Mail – August 26, 2015

With a French name that means “joy,” an owner who’s a chef, and a roster of wonderfully aromatic wines tailor-made for a picnic, Joie always struck me as a wine-country destination that really ought to be open to the public. But it wasn’t. That changed this year as proprietor-winemaker Heidi Noble, the chef, christened a tasting room and “Picnique” area complete with a wood-fired pizza oven and charcuterie plates. More serious than your average picnic wine, though, this splendid, complex white is better spared for a fancy dinner of rich fish or poultry dishes. Full-bodied and rich with pineapple, peach and vanilla flavours, it’s toasty and finishes with crisp acidity. Available direct from the winery and private BC stores.

90 points – Liam Carrier – Icon Scores – July 20, 2015

The 2012 edition has elegance, grace and length, showing excellent restraint on the nose and concentration on the palate. A blend of tropical and orchard fruit, mixed with fleshy lees, raw honey and cool mineral notes. Oak treatment is present with vanilla and spice everywhere, especially on the long finish. Alcohol is a little more obvious in this release, likely due to a dry, late Summer in 2012, though, as the full-ish body matures, the ripe, candied fruit flavours that will develop further over the next few years should dampen any perceptible ‘heat’ today. Drink 2015-2019.

89 points – Treve Ring – Gismondi On Wine – May 10, 2015

Fragrant, ripe pear, potent cream and light nut notes open this finessed chardonnay, the reserve “En Famille” from Heidi Noble and team. Green apple, fine spice and cool, stony minerality are lifted with bright lemon acidity and seamlessly integrated with perfumed orchard fruit. Pour with creamed and/or citrus dressed poultry or shellfish dishes.

4/5 stars – Rick van Sickle – Quench.me – October 6,2013

This top-tier Chard from Joie shows gorgeous pineapple, apple-pear fruit, toasted vanilla and citrus zest on the nose. It’s complex and textured on the palate with quince fruit, delicate oak spices and a lick of butterscotch cream, with a balancing acid lift through the finish. I’d be tempted to lay this down for a couple of years. Try with oysters, shellfish or miso-rubbed black cod.