Sunday, May 6, 2018

You had me at "Vanessa"..........

Eagle-eyed readers may remember that we visited here last year, but we were impressed enough that we wanted to make sure our friends got to taste their wines. Not to mention we expected that they'd have some new stuff, and we were right.

A reminder on last year's trip is posted here.

On to the new stuff! They had five wines for us to taste this trip two of which (2014 Merlot and 2014 Right Bank) were reported on last year. My opinion and rating of those wines did not change.

Vanessa Vineyards 2017 Rosé ($24.99)
Red berries all day on the nose. Strawberry, raspberry, a hint of cranberry; beautiful. The palate is ripe, juicy strawberries, even a touch jammy, with a touch of mint and spice on the finish. This blend of Merlot and Syrah is a winner.

Vanessa Vineyards 2014 Syrah ($34.99)
It's not unusual to have a dollop of Viognier in Syrah; but this is a whopping 10% Viognier, which is high. Aromas of blackberry, black pepper, dark flowers, earth and mocha. Flavors of blackberry envelop the palate immediately, and are quickly joined by black plum, cocoa, exotic spices, vanilla and a touch of pepper. The finish is very long and there is still a lot of grip here, suggesting this one will likely even get better with some careful cellaring. If you can't wait, give it a good, long decant. Or just open it and drink it for goodness sake, it's already terrific.

Vanessa Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc ($39.99)
I believe this is their first foray into Cab Franc, and it's a winning first effort. Sweet red cherries leap from the glass, shortly thereafter joined by pleasing aromas of blackberry, sage, plum and coffee. The palate is rich, round and juicy, with wild blueberries, stewed prunes, blackberry and vanilla all taking their turn to tantalize your taste buds. Long and lovely finish. Another one that might just get better with some more nap time.

Our second experience at this tasting room was just as good as our first, and my wife loved everything so much she insisted we join their wine club. And we reallllllllly needed another wine club. Oh well, we'll just have to drink more wine!

Next up: We head to Osoyoos and Oliver and make our first stop at Maverick Estate Winery!

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