JoieFarm 2012 Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley, $23

By on July 22, 2013

British Columbia wineA government-sponsored vine pull-out in the late 1980s helped to eradicate most non-vinifera grape varieties that plagued the Okanagan Valley in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The result is that we’re now seeing wines from vines that are a quarter-century old. Such is the case with this delicious Pinot Blanc, which uses grapes from the Kelowna and Naramata areas of the valley. This opens with aromas of nectarine, Golden Delicious apple and honeydew melon. Mouthwatering acidity greets the palate, followed by flavors of apple, minerality, strawberry and nectarine. This is a versatile food wine that will pair with everything from pan-seared scallops to teriyaki burgers.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 288 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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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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