Author Archives: John Galea

2012 Château Argadens Bordeaux

I last reviewed the 2011 which I only had a tasting of so I thought I would grab a bottle of it. The wine is a vinatges essential so available in many LCBO web stores. Dark in color with a … Continue reading

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Bogle Essential Red 2014

This is another excellent red from Bogle. Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich dark cherry fruit. The cab sauv is really coming through. On the medium length finish … Continue reading

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Château Argadens Bordeaux 2011 mini review

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich red berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and lively acidity along … Continue reading

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Calera Mount Harlan 2012 Chardonnay mini review

Pale in color with a nice varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich varietal fruit, nice apple/pear and vanilla. On the medium length finish the vanilla lives on nicely in the mouth. This is a … Continue reading

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2014 Stoney Rdige Cab Franc

Dark in color with a mild red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice red cherries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively acidity along with some smooth … Continue reading

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14 Hands 2014 Chard

I’ve been on a roll of good chards lately … This is another one. Pale to slightly golden in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal apple and pear. On the medium … Continue reading

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Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2013

Dark in color with a mild red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dried fruits and red cherry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely smooth tannins, nice dryness and complexity. … Continue reading

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Barbuntín Albarino 2014

On behalf of CWG and I Merry Christmas or Seasons greetings to you and your family! Albarino’s inc ase you don’t know them can be nice crisp dry wines from Spain. This particular one is golden in color with a … Continue reading

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2013 St Francis Cab Sauv

Dark in color with a nice red cherry nose. On the mid palate this is a lovely smooth cab sauv with lots of nice red cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice … Continue reading

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2014 Peller Private reserve Pinot noir

I enjoy my pinot noirs and Niagara make some fabulous ones! They are super food friendly. This one is garnet in color with a with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice smooth softer light … Continue reading

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Two sisters 2015 Oaked chardonnay mini review

It’s not unusual for wineries to purchase grapes to broaden their offerings or simply to keep the production facilities busy. Idle equipment = lost revenue. It’s always a shame when these wineries purchase grapes from outside their appelation. Two sisters … Continue reading

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2014 Peppoli Chianti Classico

A while back I did a writeup after a tasting of a bunch of chianti’s from Gabbiano. I learned lots about the region. This chianti classico has seen some time in oak, and then some bottle aging. Nothing specific on … Continue reading

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2014 Peller Signature series sauv blanc (mini review)

This sauv blanc has been aged in oak for 1 year. Most sauv blancs from New Zealand for example see no oak. In California an oaked sauv blanc is called a fume blanc. This one is pale in color with … Continue reading

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2013 Sterling Chard

Th Californians are making great strides at dialing down the oak on the chards and letting the fruit shine through. I submit this as an example. Pale to golden in color with a mild varietal nose. On the mid palate … Continue reading

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2014 Berringer Chard mini review

Pale in color with a lovely rich nose of apple and pear. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely apple and pear along with some nice vanilla. The medium length finish displays some nice acidity. I would give … Continue reading

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2014 Meiomi Pinot Noir mini review

Garnet in color with a nice expressive varietal nose, lots of soft red fruits and rustic notes. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice red fruits and rustic notes just the way a pinot noir … Continue reading

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2015 Lacey PEC county fruit Pinot Noir (mini review)

Garnet in color with a nice varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice varietal soft red fruits, strawberry/raspberry and the like along with some nice rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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Fuentespina Roble 7 2013

Dark in color with a mild cherry and wood nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely smokey cherry notes along with some nice oak. On the medium to long finish the wine displays some firm tannins and … Continue reading

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Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore

Pale in color with a crisp nose. On the mid palate this is a typical crisp dry, small bubble prosecco. On the medium length finish it’s smooth and dry with some nice citrus notes lingering. It’s a lovely food friendly … Continue reading

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Casas del Bosque Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2015 mini review

Pale in color with a nice crisp citrus nose. On mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich pink grapefruit and citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and tartness. It’s nice and crisp … Continue reading

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2014 Mirasou Pinot Noir

This is a general list product. I love pinots, certain foods just pair perfectly with them, like salmon, duck etc … This one is garnet in color with a mild rustic nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some … Continue reading

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2012 Castello di Neive Barbaresco

Garnet in color with a light red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red berries, rustic notes and dried fruits. But where a good Barbaresco lives is in the finish. On the medium length … Continue reading

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Chilcas 2013 chard mini review

Golden in color with a nice varietal nose of apple/pear. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal chard fruit, apple and pear to match the nose along with some nice vanilla notes. This is a nicely oaked, … Continue reading

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Ritual 2015 Pinot noir mini review

Garnet in color with a nice varietal nose displays soft red berries and rustic notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice varietal notes to match the nose, soft red berries, raspberries and some nice rustic notes. On … Continue reading

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2016 Montes Outer Limit mini review

Pale in color with a nice grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays grassy notes to match the nose along with some nice acidity. On the medium length finish the citrus notes linger nicey displaying some nice mouth … Continue reading

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