Because We All Want to Know the Score!
Join WineScores!
It's Free!
Vanessa Vineyard Merlot, Similkameen Valley BC
94 Points

Other Readers Rated this Wine:
Vintage: 2014
Winery: $35.0 winery only

BC CSPC: BC CSPC Code -52189
Had this wine? Rate It.
WineScores' Review

Outstanding, opulent, complex.
Now a decade old, Vanessa Vineyard is an awesome 220-acre property carved almost entirely out of stone. The preparation to plant its 75-acres of vines was a challenge few would undertake, clearing massive amounts of rock and crushing them, then using special planting techniques to accommodate the site geography. Sandhill Winemaker Howard Soon (recently retired) calls the site, "A vineyard like no other."
Located in the southern Similkameen Valley, it is a sloped site, which sees intense heat, and sun from dawn until dusk. The wines are a newer phenomenon, just being produced in recent years, and they are incredibly impressive. Intensity is best when describing any of their wines, and this Merlot (blended with 15% Cabernet Franc) equally so. It generates ripe black cherry, blackberry, rich dark chocolate, leather and dried herbs and botanicals. It is opulent on the palate as well; powerful black fruits, mocha and spice dominate, but the brightness is notable -- its acidity truly adds levity to the wine. Amazingly complex and structured, an outstanding wine to be allocated to the top shelf of BC wines.

Recommended Pairings
Rich Meats , Good First Impressions, Cellar Keepers

©copyright 2012 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores reviewed - 2017-07-17 15:35:50.0


WineDiva.ca was launched prior to WineScores, in February 2004. WineDiva is the alter ego of Daenna Van Mulligen. She wears a cork tiara and is proof that a girl can have her w(h)ine and drink it too! WineDiva.ca is a tongue-in-cheek approach to a very serious passion for all things wine. WineDiva’s goal is to make wine fun, subtly educational & deviously inspirational. Vintage reciting wine snobs need not apply. WineDiva is painting the wine world pink and drinking it all in, and her glass is always (at least) half-full.

WineScores is the more serious follow up to WineDiva.ca. WineScores was born from the demand to see wine writer Daenna Van Mulligen provide scores on her wine reviews. These are numerical scores based on a 100 point scale – an internationally recognized form of rating wines. These numbers provide a snapshot for consumers on how the wine reviewer views the overall quality of the wine. For more information on scoring wine, go to “about”.

We do not share your email address with anyone. Your email address will be used for the WineDiva newsletter You can opt out of receiving the newsletter anytime.

All material copyrighted. Unauthorized use is prohibited.                                                                                                            Contact | Home