Author Archives: John Galea

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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Forty Creek Cream Liquor mini review

I don’t drink a lot of liquors but one of my weaknesses is Baileys. A friend pointed this one out to me and I had a chance to try it at the Gourmet Food and wine show. I was shocked … Continue reading

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2012 19 Crimes Shiraz mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. Nice black Berry mid pallet backed by some nice pepper and spice along with some acidity on a medium length finish. I would give it an 88 or so. From the LCBO web … Continue reading

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2013 Susan sauv blanc

My regular readers know I am a fan of Sauv blancs as well as a fan of Kacaba. 2012 was the first vintage of this wine. I was excited to see Kacaba doing it and bought a case. Sadly 2013 … Continue reading

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2013 Calcu Sauv blanc mini review

Another one from the Chilean wine festival. Pale in color with a lovely varietal sauv blanc nose displaying some milder citrus and lemon notes. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely citrus notes to match the nose. This … Continue reading

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2012 Innocent bystander Pinot Noir

Lighter color mild on the nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice soft red berries along with some rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some spicy notes along with some acidity. This is … Continue reading

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2011 Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark in color with a mild nose of dark cherries. On the mid pallet the wine has some lovely black cherries backed by some smooth tannins, some nice dryness, some acidity and some green notes. The wine is medium in … Continue reading

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2012 In Situ Reserva Cab Sauv mini review

Another one from the Chilean wine event. Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some very nice red cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and complexity. For … Continue reading

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Ventisquero Queulat Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2012

Garnet in color with lovely ristic varietal pinot noir nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays lovely soft red berries, strawberries and the like to match the nose. The wine is medium in length with some lovely rustic notes … Continue reading

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2012 Edicion Limitada Sangiovese mini review

Another one from the Chilean wine event. This one caught my attention in that Sangiovese is an Italian grape and I’ve never seen it in Chile before. Lovely dried red berry nose smack on varietal for a Sangiovese. In the … Continue reading

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2008 Kacaba Wismer Vineyard Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a lovely soft nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely strawberry and raspberry notes along with some rustic notes. The tannins and acid are well under control. This is largerly … Continue reading

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2014 Puerto Viejo Sauv Blanc mini review

I tasted this one at the recent Chilean Wine event at the ROM and it is one of the wines that stood out. Pale in color with a lovely bold nose with lots of grassy and some citrus notes coming … Continue reading

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Deu la Deu Alvarinho Vinho Verde 2013

Alvarinho in Portugal and Albarino in Spain are the same grape. They product some nice crisp food friendly wines some time. This wine is pale in color with a nose of minerality. On the mid pallet the wine is a … Continue reading

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2012 Earthworks Shiraz

Inky dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet displays some lovely rich black cherries. The fruit is definitely the star in this wine! It’s slightly jammy in texture. On the medium length finish the black cherries … Continue reading

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2013 Coffin Ridge L’Acadie Blanc

Sometimes when you choose to grow grapes in cold places you have to think out of the box. Coffin Ridge is up near Collingwood which gets some cold winters. This grape L’Acadie Blanc is designed to endure our cold winters. … Continue reading

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2006 Kacaba Meritage

Telling exactly how long a wine may keep is not always easy. Take this one as a point in case. When I bought it in 2011 I did not think it had a whole lot of time left. I acutally … Continue reading

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Drylands 2013 Sauv Blanc

I had the pleasure of attending Kiwi Expat Associations wine tasting event here in Toronto. They featured a number of wines from New Zealand. In case you don’t know Kiwis are what New Zelanders call themselves. Ah the wealth of … Continue reading

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Salton Classic Cabernet Franc 201

I saw this wine one on the latest Vintages release. It caught my eye because it was from Brazil. So I bought it. Dark in color with a fruity nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays lots of fruity … Continue reading

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