Vanessa Vineyard Meritage 2012

91 points – “The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. A combination of U.S. and French oak (60% new) was used for aging, six months before blending, followed by 12 months. An impressive nose of black currants, blackberries, smoky cedar, tobacco and toasted oak spices. It is firm and structured on the palate with a rich broth of dark fruits, elegant spice and vanilla notes and length through the finish.”