Author Archives: John Galea

2012 Fielding Cab Franc

I last reviewed the 2011 vintage of this wine and was thorough impressed. I love my Cab Francs and Niagara does them well. Big bold wines with lots of weight to hold up nicely with red meats. This one is … Continue reading

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2011 Chateau St Jean Sonoma Chard

Pale in color with a lovely varietal nose albeit a bit light. Be careful not to serve this one too cold or you will miss out on its complexity.  A lovely varietal mid pallet with pear and some vanilla coming … Continue reading

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Château de Panigon 2010 Bordeaux

I last wrote up the 2005 vintage of this wine and was impressed giving it a 90. I even stored some of this wine for future consumption and it held up well. So when I saw it on the release … Continue reading

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Château Hyot 2010 Bordeaux

2010 is suppose to have been a very good year for Bordeaux! Dark in color with a dark red berry nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some dark red berries and cassis to match the nose. On the … Continue reading

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Château Brandeau 2010

Dark in color with a with a nice nose of dark red cherries. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with dark red berries coming through backed almost immediatly by firm acidity, some nice spicy notes and firm … Continue reading

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LE CLOS JORDANNE CLAYSTONE TERRACE CHARDONNAY 2007

Slightly golden in color with a varietal chard nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely chard fruit along with some nice vanilla and oak coming through nicely through medium finish. It’s a smooth well made chard I … Continue reading

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Errazuriz Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Dark in color with a nice nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely red cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely firm tannins and some nice … Continue reading

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2011 Kacaba Cab/Syrah

I love Kacaba, they are doing some great work! I last reviewed the 2008 Cab/Syrah and enjoyed it, so I looked forward t trying thsi one. I found it a bit harsh when I first tried in May of 2013 … Continue reading

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Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2012

Inky dark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine is a deep rich fruit forward Shiraz displaying lots of black berries to match the nose. The wine is fairly complex in the … Continue reading

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2012 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

Slightly golden in color with a lovely varietal nose with some vanilla coming through. On the mid pallet the wine displays lovely vanilla and some cream coming through along with some pear. The wine is medium in length with some … Continue reading

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Château du Port Cuvée Prestige Malbec 2010

Dark in color with a dark berry nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some slightly sweet dense black berry notes, almost blueberry like. Classic Malbec. On the medium length finish the wine displays some tannins. Alcohol and acidity … Continue reading

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Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 mini review

Dark in color with a nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays cherries to match the nose. This is a lovely deep rich cab with a medium length finish. But at $49.95 it ought to be. … Continue reading

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Vino noceto sangiovese 2010

Dark in color Lovely rich nose. On the mid pallet there are lovely rich red berries backed by some bold firm tannins on a dry finish with some nice spicy peppery notes. This wine has some lovely complexity to it. … Continue reading

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Château La Maroutine 2009

Dark color smooth nose. Nice red berry cab franc mid pallet. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely dryness and some tannins. 89 or so. Not in the LCBO but Lifford lists the wine for $17.99. From … Continue reading

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2012 Franciscan Chardonnay

Pale in color with a lovely varietal nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays lovely chard fruit along with some beautiful vanilla on the medium length finish. This is an elegant, bold complex rich chard. I really liked it. … Continue reading

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2012 Herman J Wiemer Cab Franc

I love my cab francs. Niagara makes some lovely one. So on our trip to the Finger Lakes I was anxious to try theirs. This one is dark in color with a nice nose of dark berries. On the mid … Continue reading

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Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2012

Dark in color with a nice nose of softer red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely soft red berries to match the nose. Think mild strawberry jam along with some raspberries, but not too sweet. This … Continue reading

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2012 Pilliteri Canadian Gothic Red

I was walking through a farmers market at Ryerson the other day and there was Pilliteri. They explained to me that there is a pilot project allowing wineries to sample and sell there wines at farmers markets! An excellent idea. … Continue reading

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2013 Lakewood Pinot Gris

Another one from our road trip to the Finger Lakes. Almost golden in color with a mild nose of peaches. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with peaches and stone fruit coming through boldly with a hint … Continue reading

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2013 Oyster Bay Sauv Blanc

I love Sauv Blancs. They are super food friendly versatile wines. New Zealand make some terrific ones, albeit a bit on the pricer side. This one is an essential meaning it is regularly available. Pale in color with a lovely … Continue reading

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Hinterbrook Barrel Fermented Reserve Chardonnay 2011

Pale in color with mild nose of pear and vanilla. On the mid pallet the wine has some mild pear notes but where this wine lives is in the medium length finish where vanilla lives in spades. The wine has … Continue reading

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The Chocolate Block 2012 Shiraz Blend mini review

Inky dark in color with a nose of black berries. On the mid pallet there are lots of dark berries to match the nose along with some chocolate/mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely dryness. … Continue reading

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2011 Lamoreaux Cab Franc

I love Cab Francs! We just got back from our first ever trip to the Finger Lakes in New York State as part of a road trip. Our wine club has featured Lamoreaux wines before so stopping by this winery … Continue reading

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2011 Hess Select Cab Sauv mini review

Dark in color with a nice nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice smooth red berries and cherries backed up quickly by some acidity and tannins to a medium length finish. I would give … Continue reading

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2011 Kabang Red (Stratus) mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice red berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness, some firm tannins and some earth notes. Not a bad wine … Continue reading

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