Author Archives: John Galea

Featherstone Red Tail Merlot 2012

Dark in color with a firm nose of dark cherries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with dark cherries coming through. The fruit is quite nice and fairly bold. It’s more reminiscent of a cab than a … Continue reading

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2011Castello di Neive Barbaresco

One of Italy’s legendary wines is a Barolo. They are made from the Nebbiolo grape. Barolos are big, bold, expressive and complex … but they are also expensive. Barbarescos are also made from the Nebbiolo grape. I call Barbarescos a … Continue reading

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2012 Mission hill Shiraz mini review

Another wine from the Marc Anthony portfolio tasting. Inky dark in color with a nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely blueberry notes backed by some nice peppery notes and acidity into a medium … Continue reading

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2010 Mission Hill Compendium mini review

Another wine from the Marc Anthony portfolio tasting. I last reviewed the Quatrain and lvoed it so much I bought a case and shared it with some family members with discerning tastes! I love Okanagan wines, they are so big … Continue reading

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Castello di Spaltenna Chianti Classico 2011

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice mild red berries. But where this wine lives is in the medium length finish which displays some some nice smooth tannins, nice dryness and … Continue reading

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Redhawk Vineyard Grateful Red Pinot Noir 2012

Garnet in color with a mild nose of some red berries and maybe even chocolate. On the mid pallet the wine displays red berry notes more reminiscent of a cab than a pinot. I found myself puzzled on this one … Continue reading

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2012 Toasted head Cab Sauv

Inky dark in color with a mild nose of dark red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays milder dark red berries to match the nose. This wine lives in the finish where it displays some lovely fine velvety … Continue reading

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The Lackey Shiraz 2012

Inky dark in color with a mid nose of black berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some mild blueberry and black berry notes consistent with the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some tannins along … Continue reading

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Cooper’s Hawk 2010 Cab Franc Reserve mini review

I have not had much exposure to Lake Erie wines so when I was at Taste Ontario a while back I tried this one. Dark in color with a lovely nose of dark cherries. On the mid pallet the wine … Continue reading

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2013 Casa-Deea Dea’s Cuvee sparkling wine

I enjoy being close to two wine regions, Niagara and Prince Edward County. The wines from PEC are coming along nicely. Casa Dea has been doing some consistently good wines for a while now. This one, is just an example … Continue reading

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2012 Pepperjack Red

This is one of those kitchen sink blends. They throw everything into the mix other than the kitchen sink See below for the list. Interesting to see Austrailia growning Tempranillo, a tradional Spanish grape. Inky dark in color with a … Continue reading

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2012 McGregor Vineyards Reserve Cab Franc

Back in the summer we took a trip down to the finger lakes and I was impressed enough to buy a number of wines at the winery. This is one of those. Dark in color with a nice smooth red … Continue reading

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Pondview Bella Terra Chardonnay 2011

I was walking through the local LCBO and Neils Wandler from Pondview was sampling Pondview’s wine so I gave this one a try. I liked it so much I bought three bottles. Golden in color with a nice albeit mild … Continue reading

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2012 Cannonball Cab Sauv

From CanadianWineguy and I we wish you and your family a happy, and safe New Years Eve. Imbibe something good to make it a memorable night! Who doesn’t love a cannonball? Well that’s exactly what’s on the label! I last … Continue reading

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2010 Mission Hill Quatrain

I had the absolute pleasure of being invited to the Marc Anthony portfolio tasting where this wine was being poured. I enjoyed it so much I bought a case. And then took one of the bottles to my family Christmas … Continue reading

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Carmen 2011 Gran Reserva Cab Sauv mini review

Another one from the Chilean wine festival. Dark in color with a mild nose of lovely red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays red cherries to match the nose. A nice varietal cab sauv. On the medium length … Continue reading

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2009 Kacaba Cab Sauv

Inky dark in color with a nice nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely dark cherries along with some nice dryness, some tannins and a bit of acidity. This one is still showing it’s … Continue reading

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Bordón Gran Reserva 2005

Dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely dark berries, and some chocolate notes along with some oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm … Continue reading

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2012 Fielding Red Conception

Niagara makes some great Cab Francs, and Fielding is one of my favorite wineries doing consistent stuff in the bench. This wine is 68% cab Franc 18% cab Sauv 8% Syrah 6% Petit-Verdot. The back of the bottle says the … Continue reading

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Leira Albariño 2013

I last reviewed the 2010 vintage of this wine and enjoyed it. Pale in color with a slightly crisp, slightly sweet nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some crisp citrus notes along with a hint of sugar. On … Continue reading

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Kaiken Terroir Series Corte Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Dark in color with a lovely nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some deep lovely red cherry and cassis flavors. Quite intense. There’s even a little black berries coming through likely from the Malbec. On … Continue reading

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Errázuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2012

I tasted this one at the Chilean wine festival and decided to do a more thorough review so bought a bottle. Pale in color with a lovely varietal chard nose with some nice fruit and vanilla coming through. On the … Continue reading

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Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Dark in color with a lovely rich dark berry nose. It wofts out as your pouring … On the mid pallet the wine displays lovely rich black cherries to match the nose along with some chocolate. The wine is medium … Continue reading

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Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava Sparkling

Every now and then I enjoy some bubbles with my meal. I often reach for a prosecco but decided this time to try a Cava. Cavas like prosecco are inexpensive fine bubble sparkling wines. This one is pale in color … Continue reading

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2012 Fielding Fireside red

Fielding and Kacaba are two of my favorite wineries down in Niagara. They have been making some consistent quality wines at reasonable prices for a while now. This one, is just another example of that. It’s 52% merlot 48% pinot … Continue reading

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