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.