Author Archives: John Galea

Rabl Lengenlois Grüner Veltliner 2012

I enjoy Grüners. They are unique dry crisp food friendly wines. This one is pale in color with a mild nose reminding me of Riesling. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice Riesling like notes, honeysuckle and even … Continue reading

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Bernard Defaix Chablis Burgundy, France

Pale in color with a mild nose with some apricot and the like coming through. On the mid pallet the wine is light with some apricots coming through. The wine kind of reminds me more of a crisp Riesling. The … Continue reading

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Milbrandt Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Dark in color with a nose of black berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some deep rich black berries more reminiscent of a Shiraz, almost blueberries. Some cassis coming through as well. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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CHÂTEAU MANON LA LAGUNE 2010

Dark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with some nice black berries coming through along with some nice chocolate and mocha. On the medium length finsih the wine … Continue reading

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2010 St. Clement Oroppas Napa Valley

Dark in color with a mild nose of red berries coming through along with some earthy notes and some wood. On the mid pallet the wine displays some mild cherries to match the nose along with some earthy notes and … Continue reading

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Villa Sandi Prosecco

Pale in color with a lovely crisp citrus nose. On the mid pallet the wine is a lovely crisp prosecco perfectly matching the nose. There some nice minerality to go along with the citrus notes along with some nice fine … Continue reading

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Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Dark in color with a lovely mild nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely red cherries along with some cassis. The wine has some smooth tannins on it’s medium length finish. We paired it … Continue reading

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Oyster Bay 2013 Merlot

Dark in color with a mild nose of plums coming through. On the mid pallet the wine displays some plum along with red cherries (think cab sauv). On the medium length finish the wine has some mild pepper along with … Continue reading

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Viña Herminia Excelsus 2009

I enjoy my tempranillos big with lots of finish to them … This one is dark in color with a nice nose of red berries along with some wood and some alcohol. On the mid pallet the wine displays lovely … Continue reading

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Two Oceans Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling

Pale in color with a nice citrussy nose along with some minerality coming through. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with some nice citrus notes coming through and living on into a medium length finish. The bubbles … Continue reading

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2014 Two Oceans Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a lovely nose of stone fruits. On the mid pallet the wine displays stone fruit to match the nose, some pear, and a hint of peach. The wine is on the lighted side of medium in … Continue reading

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2012 The Show Malbec

Dark in color with a mild nose of black berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some black berries to match the nose backed quickly by some firm acidity and tannins. The wine is medium in length on the … Continue reading

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Chaoteau La Gorce 2005 AOC Medoc

I bought this one back in 2009. Dark in color with a lovely inviting nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays black cherries to match the nose. The wine has some lovely chocolate notes. The wine … Continue reading

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2010 Mirassou Pinot noir

Garnet in color with a nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some strawberry and raspberry to match the nose. The wine is one the lighter side of medium in length on the finish with some … Continue reading

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HASELGROVE FIRST CUT SHIRAZ 2010

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet this wine is sweet with lots of black berries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild tannins and acidity. This is definitely a fruit … Continue reading

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Robert Biale 2012 Founders Farmers Zinfandel mini review

This wine comes from older vineyards in small lots, 400-500 cases. It’s a field blend of 10-12 different vines. It’s milder on the nose with some light red berries along with some wood coming through. On the mid pallet this … Continue reading

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CAVE DU HAUT-POITOU VALLÉE LOIRE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012 mini review

Pale in color with a lovely grassy nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays green notes to match the nose along with some strong dominant grapefruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely long mouth … Continue reading

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Robert Biale 2012 Rocky Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel mini review

It’s always a thrill to hear a winemaker speak about the passion they have for making wine. And often this has been a passion that has been in the family for generations. When Barrel Select invited me to meet and … Continue reading

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2010 Stratus Malbec

Inky dark in color with a nice nose of black berries consistent with a Malbec along with some oak. On the mid pallet the wine is a fruit forward Malbec displaying some lovely rich black berries to match the nose. … Continue reading

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2011 Protea Reserve mini review

This wine is a Cab sauv/Shiraz/Merlot. Dark in color with a lovely nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays loads of red berries. This is a nice fruit forward wine. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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KILIKANOON KILLERMAN’S RUN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012

Dark in color that right off first opening the wine jumps out with lots of cherries and red berries on the nose. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with cherries and lots of red fruits. On the … Continue reading

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2009 Vineland Estates Semi dry riesling

Bias up front I like my rieslings dry. So when I saw this one as Semi dry (it was a gift) I was not anxious to try it. Pale in color with a nose of honeysuckle. On the mid pallet … Continue reading

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2012 MONTALTO NERO D’AVOLA CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Dark color with a nice nose of red berries. Nice varietal red cherries on the mid pallet, quite fruity, with the cab shining through. On the medium finish the wine displays some nice dryness. I would give it an 88. … Continue reading

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2009 MUMM CUVEE NAPA BRUT PRESTIGE

Pale in color with a lovely nose of citrus and minerality. On the mid pallet this is a crisp dry champagne style bubbly. The bubbles are nice and fine. The wine is medium in length with the citrus notes lingering … Continue reading

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CHALONE ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2010

Pale in color with mild nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice varietal chard notes, apple, some vanilla and some butter. On the medium length finish the wine lingers nicely with some oak noticeable. The wine is … Continue reading

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