Vanessa Vineyard Meritage 2014

90 points – From a warm vintage that experienced even temperatures start to finish, this Meritage blends roughly equal parts Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, each aged eight months, then combined and aged for another 12 months. It is a full bodied, firm and somewhat reserved blend with currant/raspberry fruit, and complex cedar, savoury herbs, oak resin, vanilla and spice. It is full bodied, initially smooth and almost sweet-edged then (14.7%) alcohol heat and considerable tannin weigh in. Quite concentrated, fairly tannic so cellar. Excellent length.