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Vanessa Vineyard Syrah, Similkameen Valley BC
90 Points

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Region: British Columbia Similkameen Valley DVA
Vintage: 2013
BC Private Wine Stores: $34.0 + price will vary

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WineScores' Review

Muscular, silky, succulent.
Made under the guidance of winemaker Howard Soon, this wine hails from the poor, rocky hillside soils of the southerly Similkameen Valley. The vineyard is owned by John Welson and Suki Sekhon and they grow five varieties on 75-acres of rocky and sloped, well-drained soils.
The second vintage is as outstanding as the first; substantial and savoury. Notes of blueberry, black raspberry and black cherry intertwine with sarsaparilla, peppery spices, bay leaf, mocha and smoked sausage. It is developed and smoothly woven; sweet and succulent. A muscular wine with a silky texture and a powerful and persistent finish.
Second Review: October 2018
a year after reviewing this wine there has been a lot of evolution, not necessarily the good kind. Oxidative notes of prunes, dried cherries and toffee are layered with spice, licorice, vanilla, and mocha. The palate echoes the stewed fruit tones with charcuterie, toasted spice and pepper flavours. It's well woven and balance but has lost its verve.

Recommended Pairings
Rich Meats , Good First Impressions, Cellar Keepers, French Food

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Wine Scores reviewed - 2018-10-15 12:45:39.0


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