“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.