• Beppi Crosariol

    Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014

    90 points – “The venerable Okanagan veteran Howard Soon (who recently “retired” from Sandhill after a distinguished career overseeing that and several other brands) has resurfaced as master winemaker for Vanessa Vineyard in the Similkameen Valley. This is an ambitious estate with a focus on full-bodied reds (plus a rosé). The 2014 merlot is a blend of 85-per-cent merlot and 15-per-cent cabernet franc, with a smooth, luscious texture carrying flavours of ripe plum, currant jam, cocoa, tangy cedar and toasty oak. Well-structured. Available direct, Vanessavineyard.com.

  • John Schreiner

    Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014

    92 points – “This is the first single variety Merlot from Vanessa. The wine shows good concentration, with aromas of black currant, black cherry and spice, all of which is echoed in the dried fruit flavours on the rich palate.”

  • John Schreiner

    Vanessa Vineyard Right Bank 2014

    93 points – “This is a rich, full-bodied Meritage anchored with Merlot in the classis right bank style of Bordeaux. The flavours of plum, black cherry and cassis simply enrobe the palate with luscious fruit.”

  • Natalie MacLean

    Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014

    92 points – “Dried herbs and black plum on the nose of this gorgeous BC Merlot. Robust and long on the finish. Perfect for prime rib.”

  • Rick vanSickle

    Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014

    90 points – “The 2014 vintage was perfect in the Similkameen Valley, which saw an early start and a record warm summer with no extreme heat spikes leading to a temperate autumn. The grapes for the Merlot were hand-picked, destemmed and underwent a gentle crush. It’s fermented and barrel aged for 26 months in new and one-year-old American and French oak barrels with medium-plus toast. The attractive nose displays highly aromatic cassis, dark cherries, dark chocolate, plums and fully integrated and elegant oak spice notes. It’s smooth on the palate with fine tannins and elegant structure that reveals earthy dark fruits, dried herbs, currants and fine oak spice that benefits from firm acidity through the silky finish.”

  • Daenna Van Mulligen

    Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014

    94 points – “Now a decade old, Vanessa Vineyard is an awesome 220-acre property carved almost entirely out of stone. The preparation to plant its 75-acres of vines was a challenge few would undertake, clearing massive amounts of rock and crushing them, then using special planting techniques to accommodate the site geography. Sandhill Winemaker Howard Soon (recently retired) calls the site, “A vineyard like no other.”
    Located in the southern Similkameen Valley, it is a sloped site, which sees intense heat, and sun from dawn until dusk. The wines are a newer phenomenon, just being produced in recent years, and they are incredibly impressive. Intensity is best when describing any of their wines, and this Merlot (blended with 15% Cabernet Franc) equally so. It generates ripe black cherry, blackberry, rich dark chocolate, leather and dried herbs and botanicals. It is opulent on the palate as well; powerful black fruits, mocha and spice dominate, but the brightness is notable — its acidity truly adds levity to the wine. Amazingly complex and structured, an outstanding wine to be allocated to the top shelf of BC wines.”