• David Lawrason

    Vanessa Vineyard Meritage 2013

    90 points – “This is a rather understated, firm yet elegant cabernet based meritage with 44% cabernet sauvignon, 42% cabernet franc and 14% merlot. It has a quiet but complex nose – rather dusty, herbal and finely oaked with currant and herbal notes. It is nicely elegant mid palate with fine, firm tannin. Excellent length. Could use a bit more time to show. Best 2019 to 2025. Well balanced.”

  • Daenna Van Mulligen

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2013

    94 points – “Muscular, silky, succulent. Made under the guidance of winemaker Howard Soon, this wine hails from the poor, rocky hillside soils of the southerly Similkameen Valley. The vineyard is owned by John Welson and Suki Sekhon and they grow five varieties on 75-acres of rocky and sloped, well-drained soils. The second vintage is as outstanding as the first; substantial and savoury. Notes of blueberry, black raspberry and black cherry intertwine with sarsaparilla, peppery spices, bay leaf, mocha and smoked sausage. It is developed and smoothly woven; sweet and succulent. A muscular wine with a silky texture and a powerful and persistent finish.”

  • David Lawrason

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2013

    91 points – “This is from a maturing vineyard in the Similkameen that made its name in a single vineyard wine by Howard Soon of Sandhill. This year however Vanessa Vineyards has opened its doors. This has a big ripe, complex nose of blueberry/blackberry pie with salt and pepper, tar, chocolate and mint complexity. Some licorice as well. It’s full bodied, fairly dense and hot with a savoury, stony finish. Quite tannic. Excellent length. This is built for ageing.”

  • Michelle Bouffard

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2013

    90 points – “Notes of raspberry, black plum, cherry, vanilla and cinnamon. Crunchy fruit with a firm body and firm, but ripe tannins. Well done.”

  • Natalie MacLean

    Vanessa Vineyard Meritage 2013

    94 points – “A blockbuster BC red wine blend of estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes. The wine is aged 18 months in French and American oak barrels. Aromas of dried herbs, leather, coffee and black currant. Pair with prime rib. Needs cellar time. Highly recommended.Meritage food pairings: grilled venison, rib-eye steak, flat iron steak, other full-flavoured dishes.”

  • Natalie MacLean

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2013

    93 points – “A savoury, juicy, full-bodied BC Syrah with aromas of fleshy black plum, cracked pepper and blackberry. Smooth and supple. Long finish with a smoky edge. Terrific! Pair with grilled lamb.Syrah food pairings: cassoulet, Beef short ribs with red wine and herbs, Lamb shawarma, Barbecued pork with plum sauce, Moroccan vegetable stew.”

  • Rick vanSickle

    Vanessa Vineyard Meritage 2013

    93 points – “A typical meritage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot that spends 18 months in American and French oak barrels. The nose shows an intense array of black cherry, raspberry, black currants and interesting and elegant oak spices. It’s nicely balanced and integrated at this point with a smooth delivery on the palate showing equal parts red and dark fruits that are layered and melded to beautifully evolved tannins and spice. This is simply a gorgeous red wine with seamless integration, highly structured, good length and all propped up by firm acidity to give it a long life in the bottle. Cellar 10+ years.”

  • Rick vanSickle

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2013

    92 points – “A smidge of Viognier was co-fermented with the Syrah and the wine was aged for 18 months in French and American oak, 60% of which was new. The smoky nose shows an eclectic range of leather, charcuterie then opens up to thick and rich dark fruits, black peppercorns, vanilla and savoury spices. This is serious Syrah on the palate; dark, dense and concentrated with a silky feel. There is an array of fruit flavours — cassis, currants and plums — followed by tobacco, leather, grilled meats and pepper all carried on a bed of fine tannins. Will age gracefully for 6+ years. Fans of Rhone-style Syrah will not be disappointed here.”