“En Famille” Reserve Gewurztraminer 2015 Reviews

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

There’s so much intensity and purity of fruit with this wine, it’s almost like a Gewürztraminer reduction. It has all the attributes we expect from the variety; all of the litchi, rosewater, and ginger are present and opulent, with a nice dusting of sage to balance things out. The grape can make for soft or flabby wines from time to time, but the acid and structure here are right on point.


“En Famille” Reserve Gewurztraminer 2013 Reviews

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

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

I agree with the winery’s comparing this stylistically to an Alsatian Grand Cru. The spicy lychee aromas jump from the glass. Rich on the palate, the wine has flavours of grapefruit and quince. The 15 grams of residual sugar is nicely balanced with natural acidity to finish comparatively dry.

91 points – Daenna Van Mulligan – Wines Scores/Wine Diva – March 17, 2016

Opulent, zesty, exotic. A nod to the lavish Grand Cru Gewurztraminers of Alsace, the JoieFarm version offers wild honey and grapefruit, stone fruits and rose water. Unctuous but not flabby, opulent and exotic. It is spicy and zesty with attractive stone fruit and tropical fruit flavors. The finish is long and silky.

91 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – February 23, 2016

This completes the En Famille wines being released by Joie this year. The owners decided not release a Pinot reserve due to a difficult Pinot vintage and declassified all fruit to the regular bottling. This Gew has a rich and spicy nose of cloves, lychee, rose petals, musk, pear and grapefruit. It is off-dry on the palate but lifted by moderate acidity that accentuates the ripe pear, grapefruit, lychee and nutmeg/clove spices. It has wonderful length and texture.

90 points – Liam Carrier – IconScores.ca – February 19, 2016

Though less unctuous and intense than previous vintages, the 2013 En Famille Goo remains a unique snowflake amongst its peers on the shelves of your local VQA store (the few that remain). Look for aromas of freshly sliced, exotic fruit, juicy lychee, raw honey and Bell peppers followed by a lightly off-dry palate with similar flavours, added stonefruit notes and a vein of acidity that carries through to the long finish. Drink now-2018.

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

Straw colour; lychee, rose petal nose; medium-bodied, dry, perfumed, exotic, Turkish Delight flavour, beautifully balanced, elegant , perfumed. A very sexy wine.

“En Famille” Reserve Gewurztraminer 2012 Reviews

90 points – Sara d’Amato – Wine Align – September 16, 2015

A lush, supple, gewürztraminer with spot-on varietal typicity and wide appeal. Notes of honey, rose, nettle and white tea abound on the nose. The palate has an appealing, oily texture with low vibrations of acidity and impressive richness. The alcohol is felt but it is absorbed within the fruit and viscosity of the palate. Very good length.

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

The key to good Gew is always finding the right balance between ripe and fresh. Joie always gets it right. The nose shows lychee, cloves, grapefruit, nutmeg with a range of tropical fruits. It’s unctuous but surprisingly fresh on the palate with a basket of tropical fruits and exciting, exotic spices with everything in balance.

92 points – Liam Carrier – IconScores.ca – August 10, 2013 – The “Quotable”…

Though it draws its inspiration from Grand Cru Alsatian examples, this is a classic BC Gewurztraminer with excellent balance and attention to detail from the refined floral medley and seductive tropical fruit on the nose to the lip-smacking, off-dry palate full of ripe lychee fruit and generous spice that lingers on the long, long finish. This single vineyard Gewurztraminer will make a perfect counter- strike to a casual, conversational, supper of aged sausage and hard cheese. Charcuterie, thy match is made. Drink now-2015.