Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014

90 points – “The 2014 vintage was perfect in the Similkameen Valley, which saw an early start and a record warm summer with no extreme heat spikes leading to a temperate autumn. The grapes for the Merlot were hand-picked, destemmed and underwent a gentle crush. It’s fermented and barrel aged for 26 months in new and one-year-old American and French oak barrels with medium-plus toast. The attractive nose displays highly aromatic cassis, dark cherries, dark chocolate, plums and fully integrated and elegant oak spice notes. It’s smooth on the palate with fine tannins and elegant structure that reveals earthy dark fruits, dried herbs, currants and fine oak spice that benefits from firm acidity through the silky finish.”