Vanessa Vineyard Right Bank 2014

91 points – “Crafted from estate grown and hand-picked Similkameen Valley fruit, the grapes were destemmed and underwent a gentle crush before small-batch fermentation and hand punch down. This cuvée is almost entirely comprised of free run juice with only a small quantity of pressed juice added to balance the tannins. It was fermented and barrel aged for 26 months in 90% new American and French oak barrels. The nose has a smoky note on first whiff then turns earthy and brambly before revealing cherries, raspberries, anise, black currants and elegant oak spices. It’s rich and mouth-filling on the palate with a smooth delivery that shows a range of ripe blackberries, anise, red fruits, licorice, dark chocolate and beautiful spice that is all lifted by freshening acidity through a long finish. Can enjoy new or cellar 5+ years.”