• 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.”

  • Natalie MacLean

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2013

    93 points – “A savoury, juicy, full-bodied BC Syrah with aromas of fleshy black plum, cracked pepper and blackberry. Smooth and supple. Long finish with a smoky edge. Terrific! Pair with grilled lamb.Syrah food pairings: cassoulet, Beef short ribs with red wine and herbs, Lamb shawarma, Barbecued pork with plum sauce, Moroccan vegetable stew.”

  • 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.”

  • Paul Gregutt

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2012

    93 points – “For those who want a little funk in their Syrah, this conjures up flavors reminiscent of wines from the Rocks District in Walla Walla. Credit the rocky soil of this Similkameen Valley vineyard, which delivers dense, well-knit flavors of red and purple fruits, smoke, tanned leather, tobacco and licorice. Concentrated flavors of raspberry puree hold down the core.”

  • 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.”