Author Archives: John Galea

Asylum 2012 Zinfandel mini review

Lots of people only know Zinfandel as the pink inexpensive summer sippers, but Zinfandels can also be nice fruit forward wines (think Merlot like, sorta kinda not really) or even big wines. In Italy the same grape is called the … Continue reading

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De Loach Russian River 2012 Pinot Noir mini review

Garnet in color with a lovely inviting nose of light red berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely light red berries, strawberries and the like along with some nice classic rustic notes. This is a … Continue reading

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Tools to take wine tasting notes with

While not a tasting note for wine, I thought this blog post might be useful to some folks. For years I attended wine events, structured tasting and the like and taken paper notes. I have a drawer of them. They … Continue reading

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Fielding Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2012

I’ve written up a number of Fielding wines in the past and enjoy them. The are great wines at reasonable prices. I often stop by Fieling when in Niagara. This one is pale in color with a lovely, varietal milder … Continue reading

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Duck Pond Cellars Pinot Gris 2013

Pale in color with a nice crisp nose of minerality and citrus notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice peach notes along with some minerality to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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2013 The Show Cab Sauv

I last reviewed the 2011 release of this wine and enjoyed it, so when I saw this one I grabbed it. Dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely … Continue reading

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Vistalba Corte Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Dark in color with a nice nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with dark berries coming through in spades. The wine is medium in length with some nice firm tannins and some nice … Continue reading

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Nk’Mip Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay 2012

Hot on the heals of the tremendous Cab sauv from this winery I decided to take a flyer and buy the chard. Pale in color with a lovely rich varietal chard nose that jumps up at you from the glass. … Continue reading

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2012 Simi Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild cherry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some tannins and dryness most noticeable without food. This is a softer … Continue reading

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Bohigas Reserva Brut Cava

Pale in color with lovely citrus and mineral nose. On the mid palate the cava is a crisp dry wine with citrus notes to match the nose and some nice minerality to close out the tastes. On the medium length … Continue reading

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2014 Jacob’s Creek Classic Chardonnay

Pale in color with a nice chard nose. On the mid palate the wine is a fruit forward chard with lots of green apple and citrus notes coming through all the way to the medium length finish. There is little … Continue reading

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2014 Bundeena Bay Vineyard Series Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a nice peach nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely peach notes coming through along with some nice minerality. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice balanced … Continue reading

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Nk’Mip QwAM QwMT Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

I love Oakanagan wines, and we so rarely get them in Ontario I jump at the chance anytime I get them. This one is dark in color with a bold rich aromatic nose that leaps up at you as you … Continue reading

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Yalumba Organic 2014 Shiraz

Inky dark in color with a nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays blueberries almost to the point of blueberry jam. The wine is on the lighter side of medium in length. There’s almost no pepper, … Continue reading

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Sister’s Run Bethlehem Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine has some nice black cherry notes backed by some nice firm tannins along with nice acidity and lovely dryness on a medium length finish. The dark berries … Continue reading

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Dandelion Vineyards Menagerie of The Barossa Grenache/Shiraz/Mataró 2012

Dark in color with nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries, along with some blueberries. On the medium length finish the wine is a smooth well made food friendly wine. I would … Continue reading

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Barista Pinotage 2013

Dark in color with a rich nose of dark cherries and some dark chocolate. On the mid palate the wine displays some dark cherries to match the nose along with dark chocolate, some licorice and even some medicinal notes. The … Continue reading

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2012 Simi Cab Sauv

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely deep red cherry notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and peppery notes. There some … Continue reading

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GENESIS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012

Dark color with a mild cab nose, red cherries. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely red cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm tannins and some lovely dryness. … Continue reading

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2012 Carnivore Cab Sauv mini review

Inky dark in color with a mild nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries followed by some subtle minty notes. On the mid length finish the wine displays some nice dryness, some … Continue reading

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2012 Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir

Slightly garnet in color with a nose of red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild rustic notes along with some raspberries backed by some solid tannins and acidity. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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Principe Corsini Le Corti Chianti Classico 2012

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some dried fruit, mild raisins. On the medium length finish the win displays some firm tannins, acidity and some nice dryness. I would give it an … Continue reading

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2012 3 Rings Shiraz

Dark in color with a nice nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some deep, firm, dark berries, maybe a hint of blueberries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm … Continue reading

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Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2012

I like my Cheins crisp and dry. This one is pale in color with a lovely nose of minerality. No sugar coming through here. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely citrus notes along with some minerality and … Continue reading

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Burnt Ship Bay 2013 Cab/Merlot

Dark in color with a mild nose of dark berries and dark cherries. On the mid palate the wine displays some black berries and black cherries to match the nose. The wine reminds me more of a cab franc. On … Continue reading

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