• Paul Gregutt

    Vanessa Vineyard Meritage 2012

    92 points – “West of the Okanagan valley, Similkameen Valley is being touted as the next great Canadian wine region. If these first releases from Vanessa are typical, they are right on track. This Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cab Franc blend is a supple and sensuous wine, with well-integrated flavors of fig, black cherry, brambly berry, roasted coffee and mocha. It’s sturdy, layered and balanced, with a hint of smoke from aging 18 months in a mix of French and American oak.”

  • Paul Gregutt

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2012

    93 points – “For those who want a little funk in their Syrah, this conjures up flavors reminiscent of wines from the Rocks District in Walla Walla. Credit the rocky soil of this Similkameen Valley vineyard, which delivers dense, well-knit flavors of red and purple fruits, smoke, tanned leather, tobacco and licorice. Concentrated flavors of raspberry puree hold down the core.”

  • Rick VanSickle, Quench Magazine

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2012

    92 points – “This is a beauty with classic notes of bacon fat, deli meat, leather, blueberry pie, plums, boysenberry and gobs of cracked black pepper and a range of other spices. It is highly complex on the palate, but defined by smooth, silky tannins, rich and savoury dark fruits, pepper and lavish spice notes.”

  • Natalie MacLean

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2012

    92 points – “A superb full-bodied BC Syrah with aromas of fleshy black plum, cracked pepper and brambleberry. Smooth and supple. Long finish. Syrah food pairings: cassoulet, beef short ribs with red wine and herbs, lamb shawarma, barbecued pork with plum sauce, Moroccan vegetable stew.”

  • Harry Hertscheg, Quench Magazine

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2012

    90 points – “Floral and cedar scents bolt from the glass. Loads of black fruits, leather, chocolate and white pepper flavour. Plush tannins. Finishes with violets, spice and smoky oak.”

  • John Schreiner

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2012

    91 points – “The Syrah grapes were co-fermented with six percent Viognier. The wine was aged 18 months in French and American oak barrels (this was an eight-barrel wine and five of the barrels were new). This is a big, plush Syrah with black cherry and vanilla aromas that are echoed in the flavour, along with a touch of white pepper and chocolate.”

  • Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Wine Align

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2012

    91 points – “The six percent Viognier in this Similkameen Syrah works wonders at bolstering bright violet, black cherry, raspberry and even peach aromas, with gorgeous secondary vanilla, leather and mint aromas coming through as well. It’s a dense, full-bodied red loaded with brambly black fruit, ripe cherry licorice, black olive and smoke notes, with light acid and medium tannins that add remarkable complexity. The 18 months in oak certainly doesn’t overwhelm the fruit; rather, this wine brings beautiful balance.”

  • Tim Pawsey, North Shore News

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2012

    91 points – “The heat units and lengthy exposure suggest this should indeed be a good site for Syrah. Aromas of damson, mocha and cedar-y notes, followed by a generous palate of black fruit, chocolate and pepper notes, and some smokiness before a lengthy, spicy end, 94% Syrah, 6% Viognier.”