11 Northwest Pinot Noirs to taste today

By on September 29, 2013

JoieFarm 2011 En Famille Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $40

JoieFarm is a winery in British Columbia's Naramata Bench area.Robert Thielicke is the winemaker at JoieFarm, one of British Columbia’s best producers. He is a veteran winemaker who has spent more than a decade in the valley’s cellars. This reserve-level Pinot Noir uses grapes from the Naramata Bench and other nearby vineyards, and only the top barrels are chosen. This opens with aromas of ripe watermelon, black cherry, cedar and moist earth. On the palate, it provides suave flavors of pomegranate, black cherry and red plum, all backed with mild tannins.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 204 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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