JoieFarm 2013 A Noble Blend, Okanagan Valley, $24

By on December 19, 2014

joiefarm-noble-blend-2013-labelOne of British Columbia’s most popular white blends is fashioned after the Alsatian-style blend referred to as edelzwicker, which translates to “a noble blend.” It’s a fascinating blend of Gewürztraminer (45%), Riesling (38%), Auxerrois (8%), Pinot Blanc (4%), Muscat (4%) and Schoenberger from 10 vineyards, with nearby Paxon Family Vineyard on the Naramata Bench serving as a significant thread. Aromas of Asian pear, Golden Delicious apple and yellow rose lead to more white orchard fruit flavors, with hints of minerality. The brilliant job with acidity and apple peel tannin push the 1% residual sugar well into the background. How popular is it? They increased production of this by more than 2,000 cases over the 2012 vintage.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 6,236 cases

Alcohol: 12.7%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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