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JoieFarm Pinot Noir
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JoieFarm Pinot Noir 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaOne of the better Joie pinots we have tasted with its smoked berries, forest floor, black cherries and black currants in what is a fuller, darker, brooding pinot noir. Toasted wood and earthy spice filters throughout, buffered by the tar-tuggy sides and brightened with tomato-tinged acidity. Three vineyards (Naramata, Summerland and Penticton) and three clones are used. The ferment is open top and pressed into barrel for ten months in a mix of 25hl casks, puncheons and barriques, with the thirty percent new wood adding the firm toast. One year in bottle prior to release has softened the wood, but it's still enough to call out for skirt steak or grilled pork ribs at this point. Solid.Tasted: 21 September 2017Tasted by: Treve Ring & Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 25.90 winery direct, private wine shops AB 35.00 private wine shops Producer: JoieFarmGrape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 885145UPC: 00692739000170