• Anthony Gismondi

    Vanessa Vineyard Viognier 2017

    90 points – The 2017 growing season in the Similkameen Valley was atypical: the spring was cool and late, constraining the crop, as did a summer of drought. A perfect fall saw a small but ripe crop come to the winery. Vanessa is a spectacular, west/southwest hillside vineyard set on mostly rocky soils that take on the daytime sun and heat and release it all night long. The pick was late at October 16, but the fruit was magnificent. A long, cool ferment yielded a rich powerful, exotic style of viognier reminiscent of ripe peaches, baked apples and highly aromatic honeysuckle, but with enough acidity and minerality to remain vital. Well done and ready to drink. The winery suggests a match of baked brie and apricots and I am in.

  • Natalie Maclean

    Vanessa Viognier 2017

    92 points – “A gorgeous, aromatic BC white wine made from the Viognier grape. Aromas of peach blossom, golden apple and baking spice. Perfect for mild curries and spices.”

  • Natalie Maclean

    Vanessa Rosé 2017

    91 points – “A deeply flavoured and robust BC rosé with racy acidity for seafood. Made from 67% Merlot and 33% Syrah. Aromas of cranberry, cherry. Pairs well with seared tuna or grilled veggies.”

  • John Schreiner

    Vanessa Rosé 2017

    91 points – “This is a blend of 67% Merlot and 33% Syrah. Limited skin contact captured a delicate and appealing hue. The wine has aromas of cherry and raspberry leading to flavours of strawberry and watermelon. It is balanced to finish cry and crisp.”

  • John Schreiner

    Vanessa Viognier 2017

    93 points – This is a ripe and luscious wine, the result leaving the grapes on the vines to mid-October for maximum flavour development. Apricot and peach aromas jump for the glass and lead to flavours of ripe apricot and guava. Good acidity keeps the flavours fresh. The finish goes on and on.