Author Archives: John Galea

2009 Poplar Grove Merlot

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild plum notes backed almost immediately by some firm tannins and acidity. The wine is medium in length. I would give it an 88 or … Continue reading

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2015 Giesen Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

Pale in color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy notes along with some nice citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively acidity that builds nicely in … Continue reading

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2015 El Diablo Sauv Blanc

Pale in color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice grassy and citrus flavors coming through. On the medium length finish the citrus lives on nicely in the mouth along … Continue reading

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Heitlinger Baden 2013 Pinot Noir

Last year I attended the German consulate’s wine event and was thrilled to discover some German Pinot Noirs. Locally they are referred to as Spatburgunder. This is one of those, but from this years event. Garnet in color with a … Continue reading

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Winzervereinigung Freyburg 2015 Sauv Blanc mini review

This is a wine from a recent German wine event I attended. The lone Sauv Blanc at the event. Pale in color with a mild nose with some nice grassy and citrus notes. On the mid palate the wine matches … Continue reading

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2015 Wolf Blass Yellow Label Chard

Pale to golden in color with a mild nose of pear/apple. On the mid palate the wine displays pear/apple, some lovely fruit along with a hint of vanilla. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tart acidity, … Continue reading

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2012 Vineland Estates Cab Franc Reserve

Dark in color with lovely red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely red cherry notes to match the nose along with some prominent oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice spicy … Continue reading

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2015 Matua Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc mini review

I recently attended the New Zealand Wine event at the ROM. This one was one of the wines there. In chatting with a number of wine makers they are experimenting with processes such as leaving the wine on the lees … Continue reading

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Bogle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 mini review

Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the cherries come through to match the nose. This is a juicy cab for sure. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins, dryness and … Continue reading

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2006 Cave Springs Estate Riesling

Ok let’s do a little quizzing. Do you think reds or whites are the most age able wine? Hands up? Well to all you folks who said red ehhhh wrong. In fact Rieslings are some of the most age able … Continue reading

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2008 Kacaba Cab/Syrah

When I originally bought this one I didn’t expect it to last longer than 2015 but find myself with two left. Dark in color with a lovely dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely dark … Continue reading

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Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay 2012 mini review

Pale to golden in color with a lovely varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely apple and pear along with some nice vanilla and butterscotch. The wine is medium in length on the finish. I would … Continue reading

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Markham 2013 Merlot mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal plum. The fruit on this one is lovely. On the medium length finish the plum lives on. I would give it an 88+. … Continue reading

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2015 Stoneleigh Sauv Blanc

Another one from the general list. Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely green grassy notes along with some nice crisp minerality. On the medium length finish the lively acidity … Continue reading

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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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