• Rick VanSickle

    Vanessa Vineyard Right Bank 2014

    91 points – “Crafted from estate grown and hand-picked Similkameen Valley fruit, the grapes were destemmed and underwent a gentle crush before small-batch fermentation and hand punch down. This cuvée is almost entirely comprised of free run juice with only a small quantity of pressed juice added to balance the tannins. It was fermented and barrel aged for 26 months in 90% new American and French oak barrels. The nose has a smoky note on first whiff then turns earthy and brambly before revealing cherries, raspberries, anise, black currants and elegant oak spices. It’s rich and mouth-filling on the palate with a smooth delivery that shows a range of ripe blackberries, anise, red fruits, licorice, dark chocolate and beautiful spice that is all lifted by freshening acidity through a long finish. Can enjoy new or cellar 5+ years.”

  • Rick vanSickle

    Vanessa Vineyard Meritage 2013

    93 points – “A typical meritage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot that spends 18 months in American and French oak barrels. The nose shows an intense array of black cherry, raspberry, black currants and interesting and elegant oak spices. It’s nicely balanced and integrated at this point with a smooth delivery on the palate showing equal parts red and dark fruits that are layered and melded to beautifully evolved tannins and spice. This is simply a gorgeous red wine with seamless integration, highly structured, good length and all propped up by firm acidity to give it a long life in the bottle. Cellar 10+ years.”

  • Rick vanSickle

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2013

    92 points – “A smidge of Viognier was co-fermented with the Syrah and the wine was aged for 18 months in French and American oak, 60% of which was new. The smoky nose shows an eclectic range of leather, charcuterie then opens up to thick and rich dark fruits, black peppercorns, vanilla and savoury spices. This is serious Syrah on the palate; dark, dense and concentrated with a silky feel. There is an array of fruit flavours — cassis, currants and plums — followed by tobacco, leather, grilled meats and pepper all carried on a bed of fine tannins. Will age gracefully for 6+ years. Fans of Rhone-style Syrah will not be disappointed here.”

  • Rick vanSickle

    Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014

    90 points – “The 2014 vintage was perfect in the Similkameen Valley, which saw an early start and a record warm summer with no extreme heat spikes leading to a temperate autumn. The grapes for the Merlot were hand-picked, destemmed and underwent a gentle crush. It’s fermented and barrel aged for 26 months in new and one-year-old American and French oak barrels with medium-plus toast. The attractive nose displays highly aromatic cassis, dark cherries, dark chocolate, plums and fully integrated and elegant oak spice notes. It’s smooth on the palate with fine tannins and elegant structure that reveals earthy dark fruits, dried herbs, currants and fine oak spice that benefits from firm acidity through the silky finish.”

  • Rick VanSickle, Quench Magazine

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2012

    92 points – “This is a beauty with classic notes of bacon fat, deli meat, leather, blueberry pie, plums, boysenberry and gobs of cracked black pepper and a range of other spices. It is highly complex on the palate, but defined by smooth, silky tannins, rich and savoury dark fruits, pepper and lavish spice notes.”

  • Rick VanSickle

    Vanessa Vineyard Meritage 2012

    91 points – “The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. A combination of U.S. and French oak (60% new) was used for aging, six months before blending, followed by 12 months. An impressive nose of black currants, blackberries, smoky cedar, tobacco and toasted oak spices. It is firm and structured on the palate with a rich broth of dark fruits, elegant spice and vanilla notes and length through the finish.”