Joie Farm “A Noble Blend” 2011

In the glass this is clear, pale gold with a hint of green. Nose is clean, medium-plus intensity mix of floral, grapefruit, pear, and a distinctive Okanagan grassy-sage aroma (I grew up in south central BC). Dry with a hint of residual sugar—one can discern Joie’s Riesling grapes fighting through—but dominated by citrus—lemon, grapefruit, and lime—with distinctive spicy/floral Gewürztraminer notes as well. Obviously a real mix (see post tags) but it balances nicely; the complexity that comes through in the long-ish finish is captivating. Definitely more tart than the 2010; another good vintage. 12.7% alcohol. Recommended. $28.50 at Crosstown. See Joie Farm (warning: Flash site).

Joie Farm "A Noble Blend" 2011

Latitude 46º N 2007 Celilo Gewürztraminer

Bought this at The Tasting Room in Seattle last weekend; I always enjoy going there when I’m in the city.

Clear, pale-plus gold in the glass. Medium plus intensity distinctive petrol/oil, ripe banana, and floral aromas. Off dry, high acidity, and medium body. Palate is dominated by ripe, almost overripe, fruit: mango, banana, and grapefruit. Floral and a bit oily in the mouth. Medium length; 13.9% alcohol. Will not be to everyone’s taste, but I quite like this.

USD$22. See Latitude 46º N Winery. See also The Tasting Room’s notes on this wine.

Pfaffenheim 2009 Gewürztraminer

Clear, pale lemon-gold appearance. Clean, light floral-lemon mineral nose. Off-dry with medium acidity and medium body. Pronounced sweet spice, floral-perfume, ripe fruit and citrus; a bit of earthiness on the finish. 13.5% alcohol; medium length. Perhaps better balanced than the 2007. Very good, particularly for the price—$24 at Crosstown.

Oak Bay Gewürztraminer 2008

When I think Oak Bay I think of the neighbourhood in Victoria. There must be another Oak Bay in the Okanagan, as this is from Kelowna. This Gewürz is a pale silver, with a strong, straightforward grapefruit nose—maybe a bit of that BC Interior sage. A nice light but acidic drink, with spice, citrus, and peach notes, and the hint of bubbles typical of the varietal. Quite good. 12.6% alcohol. $16.90 at Marquis Wine Cellars. See St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery.