• Daenna Van Mulligen

    Vanessa Vineyard Right Bank 2014

    91 points – “Vanessa Vineyard’s sun-drenched, rocky terrain makes for powerful wines and this new release, a blend of mostly Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is perhaps the most so. The Right Bank is still tightly woven, with sunbaked earth, toasted spice, espresso beans, and black fruits dominating the nose. It’s brooding, inky and extracted and needs time to evolve. However, the bones are there for bottle maturation. I’d like to see what they could do with a larger portion of the Cabernets (something more Left Bank in style) in the blend going forward and see how that version would show.”

  • Natalie MacLean

    Vanessa Vineyard Right Bank 2014

    94 points – “A full-bodied, beautifully aromatic BC red wine that is a traditional “Right Bank” Bordeaux blend of Merlot-dominating Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. Aromas of black fruit, mocha and espresso from two years of aging in French and American oak. Only 1,091 cases were produced. Great depth, concentration and character.”

  • Tim Pawsey, Quench Magazine

    Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014

    91 points – “Brimming with red fruit and raspberry plus earthy and sage hints, with a luscious but well-structured palate of juicy raspberry, mulberry and mocha, underpinned by a wicked streak of Similkameen minerality. Raisin, pepper and spice persisting on the mid-palate through a savoury edged ending.”

  • Beppi Crosariol

    Vanessa Vineyard Right Bank 2014

    93 points – “Somebody call Interpol. Clearly this red was stolen from barrels resting in the finest cellars of Pomerol. Actually, that can’t be, because there’s sunnier, richer fruit here than in most wines from that district of Bordeaux. The “right bank” reference here is appropriate, though. It denotes the wines of Bordeaux’s eastern flank, where smooth merlot dominates the blends that tend to comprise smaller proportions of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon, as does this beauty from British Columbia’s Similkameen Valley. Polished in texture, poised in stature and firmly structured, it shows perfectly ripened fruit suggesting cherry and raspberry, with notes of chocolate, tangy spice and, I dare say, Bordeaux-style graphite. The tannins are fine-grained and elegant. Worth cellaring for up to a decade. Maybe much more (who knows?).”

  • Rick VanSickle

    Vanessa Vineyard Right Bank 2014

    91 points – “Crafted from estate grown and hand-picked Similkameen Valley fruit, the grapes were destemmed and underwent a gentle crush before small-batch fermentation and hand punch down. This cuvée is almost entirely comprised of free run juice with only a small quantity of pressed juice added to balance the tannins. It was fermented and barrel aged for 26 months in 90% new American and French oak barrels. The nose has a smoky note on first whiff then turns earthy and brambly before revealing cherries, raspberries, anise, black currants and elegant oak spices. It’s rich and mouth-filling on the palate with a smooth delivery that shows a range of ripe blackberries, anise, red fruits, licorice, dark chocolate and beautiful spice that is all lifted by freshening acidity through a long finish. Can enjoy new or cellar 5+ years.”

  • Anthony Gismondi

    Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014

    91 points – “The blend is 85/15 Merlot (clone 181)/Cabernet Franc (clone 331). This is another nice improvement for this property although I’m not sure picking at 30 brix and generating 14.9 per cent alcohol is necessary. Nonetheless, this 10-year-old site is clearly coming into its own. The nose is bright and stony with black fruits predominating. It’s not as thick as you might think, with Cabernet Franc freshening the mid-palate with some spice and lift to what is a solid red wine. Just a baby but give this another three to five years in the bottle and it will blossom.”