Vanessa Vineyard Right Bank 2014

91 points – “Vanessa Vineyard’s sun-drenched, rocky terrain makes for powerful wines and this new release, a blend of mostly Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is perhaps the most so. The Right Bank is still tightly woven, with sunbaked earth, toasted spice, espresso beans, and black fruits dominating the nose. It’s brooding, inky and extracted and needs time to evolve. However, the bones are there for bottle maturation. I’d like to see what they could do with a larger portion of the Cabernets (something more Left Bank in style) in the blend going forward and see how that version would show.”