Author Archives: John Galea

2012 Peller Signature series sur lie Chardonnay

Slightly golden in color with lovely varietal nose with lots of pear and apple coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with apple and pear dominating the mid palate. This is a lovely bold, expressive, varietal … Continue reading

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Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Inky dark in color with a lovely nose of dark cherries. On the mid palate the wine displays bold rich dark cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish this wine displays a lovely smooth acidity and tannins. … Continue reading

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Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2016 (mini review)

Pale in color with a lovely varietal nose of stone fruits, think peach and the like. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice peach coming through! On the medium finish the wine displays some nice … Continue reading

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Maison Chanzy Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015

Garnet in color with a nice rustic nose with soft red berries coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich light red berries, strawberries and raspberries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely smooth … Continue reading

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Sacred Hill 2016 Orange Label Sauv Blanc (mini review)

Pale in color with a nice citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some subtle elegant varietal sauv blanc notes, think citrus and some grass. This is a more refined wine. If you like your sauv blancs edgy, … Continue reading

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Desert Wind Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Inky dark in color with an odd nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some strong black berries coming through. There’s some slight sweetness to the wine. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice velvety tannins … Continue reading

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Lawson’s Dry Hills 2015 Pinot Noir (mini review)

Garnet in color with a lovely varietal pinot nose, soft red fruits coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely red fruit, strawberry and raspberries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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Remy Pannier Sauvigon Blanc Igp Val De Loire 2015

Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some crisp citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some crisp acidity and the citrus notes have some … Continue reading

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2016 Riverlore Sauv Blanc

I last wrote up the 2015 vintage of this wine and enjoyed it. This has largely become one of my go to Sauv blancs. Inexpensive and tasty. It’s in the general list and of the ones I’ve tried it has … Continue reading

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2015 Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay

Pale in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays varietal apple and pear notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish there’s some mild vanilla notes along with some nice acidity. This … Continue reading

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Gray Monk Cabernet/Merlot 2013

Dark in color with a nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and some nice dryness. The … Continue reading

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2014 Fielding Sauv Blanc

I love my sauv blancs, food friendly and versatile. This one is pale in color with a nice albeit mild nose with some nice citrus notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice citrus notes and some nice … Continue reading

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Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red 2014

I’ve had this one in past years and enjoyed it so I grabbed one and was rewarded. Dark in color with an interesting nose with the blend of varietals all coming through, super hard to pin point. On the mid … Continue reading

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Terroir La Baume Saint-Paul Fitou 2014

Dark in color with a nose of black berries and some oaky notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black berries to match the nose along with some velvety smooth tannins and some acidity. I would give … Continue reading

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Clos du Bois 2015 Chard

Slightly golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice softer varietal apple/pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild oak/vanilla notes. This is a … Continue reading

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2013 Kew Soldiers Grant

When I go down to Niagara, I have my favs (like Kacaba, Fielding, and lately Two Sisters) but I try and add in one wild card. In this case not only a winery I have not visited before, but a … Continue reading

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2014 Cannonball cab sauv

I’ve had this wine over a number of vintages and sadly it has been inconsistent. Inky dark in color with a nice fruity red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely red cherry notes. … Continue reading

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Flor de Vetus Verdejo 2015

I like my whites dry and crisp. This one is pale in color with a mild slightly minerally, citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely crisp dry notes to match the nose with minerality and some citrus … Continue reading

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2015 Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

I’ve had this wine over the years. This one is mild on the nose with some apple/pear coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice apple and pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish … Continue reading

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2013 Rocca delle Macìe Chianti Classico

Dark in color with a mild lovely red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice mild red fruits, cherries and the like along with some nice dried fruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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2013 Murphy Goode Cab sauv

Some wineries struggle with consistency year over year while others like Murphy Goode quietly go about their business making consistently Goode wines, pun intended 🙂 I last reviewed the 2012 Vintage of this wine and enjoyed it. It’s a by … Continue reading

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Carobbio 2013 Chianti Classico (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice red berries to match the nose along with some slight dried berry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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2014 Cathedral cellars Cab sauv

I was over at Prohibition the other day and they had this wine on for $5 a glass as part of their hooch hour. So WTF … why not. Dark in color with a nice fruity cherry nose. On the … Continue reading

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Peacock Sky 2010 Cab Sauv (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays deep rich black berries to match the nose along with some mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely smooth tannins … Continue reading

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Loire region tasting

I recently got invited to a Loire based tasting and lunch at Cafe Nicole in the Novotel. There were a number of interesting wines and great food at the event. But what I found particularly interesting was that the winemaker … Continue reading

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