JoieFarm 2013 Un-Oaked Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $23

By on January 4, 2015

joiefarm-unoaked-chardonnay-2013-labelFrom one of the brightest stars on the Naramata Bench near Penticton, British Columbia, comes this fruit-forward and steely Chardonnay that Heidi Noble creates as a tribute to Macon-Clessé in Burgundy. She relies on nearby Grizzly Vineyard and ConVida Vineyard on the Skaha Bluff near Oliver for this crisp and complex beauty that tickles the nose with fresh-cut pineapple and peach, backed with a hint of mint and minerality. Its fascinating entry features lots of apricot flavors that lead to a somewhat fat midpalate with pineapple and lemon chiffon before a cleansing bolt of lime and lemon oil acidity.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 901 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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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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