• David Lawrason

    Vanessa Vineyard Meritage 2014

    90 points – From a warm vintage that experienced even temperatures start to finish, this Meritage blends roughly equal parts Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, each aged eight months, then combined and aged for another 12 months. It is a full bodied, firm and somewhat reserved blend with currant/raspberry fruit, and complex cedar, savoury herbs, oak resin, vanilla and spice. It is full bodied, initially smooth and almost sweet-edged then (14.7%) alcohol heat and considerable tannin weigh in. Quite concentrated, fairly tannic so cellar. Excellent length.

  • Natalie Maclean

    Vanessa Meritage 2014

    93 points – “A robust, complex and layered BC red wine that’s a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, with some Merlot grapes. Aromas of fleshy ripe black plums, espresso and graphite. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak.”

  • John Schreiner

    Vanessa Meritage 2014

    94 points – “This is 37% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot. Each varietal was fermented on its own and aged eight months in barrel. After the final blend was assembled, it aged another 12 months in American and French oak, of which 40% was new. It is dark in colour and bold in flavour. It begins with aromas of vanilla, black cherry and richly spiced dark berries, all of which is echoed on the palate. The finish is generous and long-lasting.”

  • 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.”