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Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014 Wine Review

Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014

Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A., Canada

Community Score:93/100

Community Reviews: 4

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Price: $34.99

Drink: 2015-2024

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.9%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine


Winery: Vanessa Vineyard

Natalie's Score: 92/100

Dried herbs and black plum on the nose of this gorgeous BC Merlot. Robust and long on the finish. Perfect for prime rib.

This Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014 was reviewed on December 22, 2020 by Natalie MacLean

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Pricing & Stock Information

  • BCLDB
  • 52189
  • $29.56 
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Reviews and Ratings

Deborah Podurgiel Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 95/100 with the following review:

The 2014 Merlot from Vanessa Vineyards is an inaugural vintage for the winery. I can only say I hope they make more and lots of this style of Merlot in the future. I have visions of sugar plum fairies with the first sniff of pronounced plum, blueberry, mulberry and vanilla. The 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc wine blend is dry and of medium weight on the palate and is rich and smooth, in fact, plushy with ripe dark plum, dark raisins, nutmeg, blue florals, lingering with dark chocolate and soft caramel on the finish from well-integrated oak aging. The wine was fermented and barrel-aged for 26 months in new and one-year old medium-toast American and French oak barrels. Tannins are rounded and completely velvet. Alcohol is warming at 14.9%, but not sharp or intense. The winery claims that 2014 was an exceptional growing season that delivered a fabulous vintage for this wine. I wish them more of the same as this inaugural vintage is exceptional. Buy this one by the case or six-pack. (570 cases produced).
Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Wow! A pleasant surprise. Inky dark and densely concentrated. Smokey, dark ripe plum, wild strawberry, savoury herb. Diverse in pairing options. Goes well with BBQ ribs, rack of lamb, Mexican-Belizian arrachera steak tacos. Well balanced, medium-plus across the board including a solid integrated 14.9% ABV. Tasted 2014 vintage in July 2017. 92 points. Fantastic Similkameen Valley inky Merlot ! Enjoy. BespokeTastings
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

This is a stunning wine!! Primarily Merlot, but with 15% Cabernet Franc in the blend. Aromas of dark plum, currant, mocha and a hint of warm spice. Full bodied, smooth, with a velvety texture, and a perfect hint of balancing acidity and soft tannins. Fruit and berry notes are plush and ripe, and there is more mocha and spice on the finish. Enjoy with prime rib roast.

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