• David Lawrason

    Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014

    90 points – From a warm but even vintage that started and ended two weeks earlier than normal, this Merlot (with 15% Cab Franc) was barrel fermented then aged 16 months in one year old American and French oak barrels. The nose shows ripe berry pie, plum, and considerable oak with coconut, resin, spice and chocolate. It is a big merlot, quite plush, smooth and plummy and warm (14.9% alcohol). Tannins are merlot moderate. Very good to excellent length.

  • Tim Pawsey, Quench Magazine

    Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014

    91 points – “Brimming with red fruit and raspberry plus earthy and sage hints, with a luscious but well-structured palate of juicy raspberry, mulberry and mocha, underpinned by a wicked streak of Similkameen minerality. Raisin, pepper and spice persisting on the mid-palate through a savoury edged ending.”

  • 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.”