Author Archives: John Galea

2013 Lakewood Pinot Gris

Another one from our road trip to the Finger Lakes. Almost golden in color with a mild nose of peaches. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with peaches and stone fruit coming through boldly with a hint … Continue reading

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2013 Oyster Bay Sauv Blanc

I love Sauv Blancs. They are super food friendly versatile wines. New Zealand make some terrific ones, albeit a bit on the pricer side. This one is an essential meaning it is regularly available. Pale in color with a lovely … Continue reading

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Hinterbrook Barrel Fermented Reserve Chardonnay 2011

Pale in color with mild nose of pear and vanilla. On the mid pallet the wine has some mild pear notes but where this wine lives is in the medium length finish where vanilla lives in spades. The wine has … Continue reading

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The Chocolate Block 2012 Shiraz Blend mini review

Inky dark in color with a nose of black berries. On the mid pallet there are lots of dark berries to match the nose along with some chocolate/mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely dryness. … Continue reading

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2011 Lamoreaux Cab Franc

I love Cab Francs! We just got back from our first ever trip to the Finger Lakes in New York State as part of a road trip. Our wine club has featured Lamoreaux wines before so stopping by this winery … Continue reading

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2011 Hess Select Cab Sauv mini review

Dark in color with a nice nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice smooth red berries and cherries backed up quickly by some acidity and tannins to a medium length finish. I would give … Continue reading

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2011 Kabang Red (Stratus) mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice red berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness, some firm tannins and some earth notes. Not a bad wine … Continue reading

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2012 Grüner Veltliner

We just returned from our first trip to the Finger Lakes in New York. They have a well established wine region with over 90 wineries in the area. I’ve often commented on here about the fact the I like Grüners. … Continue reading

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Rodney Strong Merlot 2011

Dark in color with a mild nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some red berries and some mild plum notes. The wine is medium in length with some smooth tannin. This is a nice wine … Continue reading

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Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Inky dark in color with a nose of red and black berries. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with mostly black berries and some red berries along with some mocha coming through. Not to the point of … Continue reading

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2014 Two Oceans Sauv Blanc

Two Oceans are rebranding their wines and recently held a kick off of the new brand. I had the pleasure of attending! This one is pale in color with mild nose of citrus notes coming through. On the mid pallet … Continue reading

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JACOB’S CREEK 2012 RESERVE CHARDONNAY ADELAIDE HILLS mini review

Pale in color with a lovely varietal chard nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays varietal chard flavors such as apple, some vanilla and some butteryness. The wine is subtle and builds nicely in the mouth. This is a … Continue reading

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2012 Franciscan cuvee sauvage Chardonnay

Pale in color with a lovely varietal chard nose. On the mid pallet the wine is a lovely bold rich chard. Some apple and buttery notes coming through. The wine is on the lighter side of medium in length on … Continue reading

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Firestone Santa Ynez Sauv Blanc

Pale in color, with a mild nose with some citrus coming through. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with some citrus coming through. This is a milder sauv blanc. I forgot to take note of the year … Continue reading

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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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