• David Lawrason

    Vanessa Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2016

    90 points – This is an impressive young cabernet franc that captures all the right raspberry/currant fruit, tobacco and gently herbal notes of this grape, along with considerable oak character from 20 months in French and American barrels. It feels slender due to good acidity but in fact is quite full bodied with 15.5% alcohol and considerable dusty, starchy tannin. The length is very good to excellent behind the heat screen. Age it at least two years; it should live for a decade.

  • David Lawrason

    Vanessa Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2015

    91 points – From the hottest vintage in Vanessa’s history, this shows a savoury nose of fresh herbs, tobacco and deep raspberry fruit, some oak smoke, spice and vanillin (aged 20 months in French oak, 30% new). It is medium-full bodied, quite supple and smooth. Tannins are firm with some alcohol warmth rising on the finish. A biggish franc showing some elegance and very good to excellent length.

  • Anthony Gismondi

    Vanessa Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2015

    90 points – A single barrel of Cabernet Franc was one of the first single varietal wines made from Vanessa Vineyard grapes at Sandhill as a test of the vineyard’s grapes capabilities by Howard Soon. This is the first release under the Vanessa Vineyard label. The vines were planted in 2006 and they are centered in one of the warmest vineyards in British Columbia. The extremely rocky site is the perfect antidote to the highly productive cab franc vines, keeping the yields in check. After 20 months in barrel, this franc has emerged as a hedonistic rich, round, warm, savoury, soft red with sweet berry fruits and a spicy finish that should have wide appeal. More Bolgheri than Bordeaux, it would be interesting to see this with a little less oak but I quibble. Many will love this style with a T-bone steak, and the price is realistic.