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.