Author Archives: John Galea

2015 Lössterrassen Grüner Veltliner mini review

This is another one from the Austrian event. Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely crisp dry notes, nice minerality and some grassy notes. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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2011 Clos De Siete

I’ve had this one and it’s been consistent year over year. Inky dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rich black berries to match the nose. On the … Continue reading

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Laurent Mabileau St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2013 mini review

Dark in color with a nice cab franc varietal nose along with some mild oaky notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft cab franc notes, and red berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2013

Inky dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild but deep black berries to match the nose. Be sure to savor it before you swallow it because you get … Continue reading

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2015 Riverlore Sauv Blanc

I’ve been grabbing random wines from the general list of New Zealand section and I had not yet tried this one. Pale in color with a nice grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some … Continue reading

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Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre mini review

Sancerre is a region of the Loire valley in France. The wines are made 100% of sauv blanc. Pale in color with a nice crisp nose with some nice minerality. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy … Continue reading

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2012 Whitehaven Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a lovely varietal rustic nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with rustic notes, soft red berries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity. I would … Continue reading

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Stoneleigh 2013 Lattitude Pinot Noir mini review

I last reviewed the 2010 Vintage from this winery and enjoyed it. This one is garnet in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate this is a nice smooth pinot with some nice soft red berries and rustic … Continue reading

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Kacaba 2014 Oak Aged Chardonnay Mini review

Pale to golden in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the displays some lovely apple/pear fruit. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice butterscotch and vanilla along with some mild spicy notes. The texture … Continue reading

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2013 13th Street Pinot gris

Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays apple and hint of peach. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely minerality and some nice crisp acidity. Very food friendly. I … Continue reading

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2013 Rodney Strong Sonoma Chardonnay

Nice golden color with a mild, varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely apple and pear. The fruit is quite nice on this one. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice butterscotch and … Continue reading

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Babich 2014 Sauv Blanc

Another one from the general list. It is pale in color with a crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice mild pink grapefruit notes. On the medium length the grapefruit lingers in the mouth along with … Continue reading

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2014 Whitehaven Sauv Blanc

Pale in color with nice mild grassy citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine spot on matches the nose with some nice grassy notes along with some nice citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice … Continue reading

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2009 Simi Cab

Ok, biases up front, I love Cab sauvs, and Napa make some of my favs. I’ve had this one in my cellar since 2013 and decided to crack it and see how it’s keeping. I have another one in the … Continue reading

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Thirty Bench 2013 Small lot pinot noir mini review

I love travelling down to Niagara, touring the wineries, meeting the enthusiastic people that make up the wine industry. I have to say, Thirty Bench is one of my least favorite. So much so I have skipped them many times. … Continue reading

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2012 Vineland Estates reserve Chard

Pale to golden in color with a lovely varietal chard nose of apple and pear. On the mid palate the fruit is big with some nice apple and pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish there’s some … Continue reading

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2013 Vineland Estates Brut Reserve mini review

Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine is a nice crisp dry bubbly. Lovely citrus notes. The bubbles are nice and fine. The medium length finish has some nice acidity. This is a … Continue reading

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Thirty Bench 2013 Small Lot Chardonnay Mini review

Pale in color with a lovely varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely varietal apple/pear coming through. Beautiful fruit! On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice butter and vanilla. The … Continue reading

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Château Pierre de Montignac 2009

Dark in color with a mild nose. on the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries backed by some nice woody notes along with some firm acidity and tannins. There’s a hint of pepper on the finish, some … Continue reading

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Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz 2nd Vintage

Dark in color with mild nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely rich black berries and a hint of sweetness. On the medium length finish the wine displays some smoky notes, … Continue reading

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Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée 2012 mini review

Dark color with a nice smooth red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some bright red cherries to match the nose along with some plum. There’s a hint of sweetness and some dried fruit notes. On the … Continue reading

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Pennywise Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 mini review

Dark color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice red cherries backed almost immediately by some crisp acidity and mild tannins. The finish is medium in length. The wine might be a bit on … Continue reading

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2011 Red Stone cab/merlot

Dark in color with a nice red/black berry nose along with some dried fruits. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm black cherry notes backed almost immediately by some some firm acidity, tannins and dryness. The cab franc … Continue reading

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2014 Wolf Blass Yellow Label Sauvignon Blanc

Pale color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice smooth grassy notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp acidity. This is a smooth lighter … Continue reading

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Terra d’Uro Finca La Rana Toro 2011

Inky dark in color with a dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lots of rich dark berries hitting you boldly. This is a bigger wine for sure. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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