• 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.”