Gamay focus 23, Joie Farm Gamay 2014 Okanagan Valley, Canada

joie farm gamay

Canada has a bit of a talent for Gamay. Ontario’s Niagara region is making some smart ones, and under completely different conditions, BC’s Okanagan is also doing some good work with the variety. This one is from Heidi Noble’s Joie Farm on the Naramata Bench. It’s a wine that sort of creeps up on you. On opening it, I wasn’t quite there. But after a while, I began to understand it, and it revealed more of itself to me. It’s a really good wine. I wonder whether it could have even be picked a tiny bit earlier?

Joie Farm Gamay 2014 Okanagan Valley, Canada
12.6% alcohol. From the Naramata Bench, this is a gentle, supple Gamay with smooth, slightly stewed cherry and berry fruits. There’s a subtle herby, undergrowthy edge to the sweet fruit, which is more black than red, and there’s an appealing fine-grained savouriness here. This Gamay shows an easy elegance. It’s not profound, but it has a serious side, and it’s very, very drinkable. It’s also one of those wines that shifts and grows in the glass. Coming back to it, I’m getting a nice savoury, layered personality. 91/100

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1 comment to Gamay focus 23, Joie Farm Gamay 2014 Okanagan Valley, Canada

  • Zac

    At 12.6% , it was around 22.5 brix when it was picked . On the bench that’s when the seeds are just brown and some lignification of the stems is underway . Pick it any earlier and it’s going to show a bit vegetal .

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