Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2013

94 points – “Muscular, silky, succulent. Made under the guidance of winemaker Howard Soon, this wine hails from the poor, rocky hillside soils of the southerly Similkameen Valley. The vineyard is owned by John Welson and Suki Sekhon and they grow five varieties on 75-acres of rocky and sloped, well-drained soils. The second vintage is as outstanding as the first; substantial and savoury. Notes of blueberry, black raspberry and black cherry intertwine with sarsaparilla, peppery spices, bay leaf, mocha and smoked sausage. It is developed and smoothly woven; sweet and succulent. A muscular wine with a silky texture and a powerful and persistent finish.”