Author Archives: John Galea

Chilcas Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Dark in color with a nice nose of red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice nice red cherries to match the nose along with cassis and some nice oak. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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Gabbiano Chianti tastings

I recently had the pleasure of attending an iYellow event where the wine maker from Gabbiano, Frederico came along and told us all about Chianti’s. I thought I would pass along some of the tid bits I was able to … Continue reading

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2014 Gabbiano Promessa Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a nice crisp nose with minerality and citrus notes coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice crisp dry minerality and citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine has … Continue reading

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Château Saint-Nicolas 2010 Bordeaux

Inky dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays rich black cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish, right out of the bottle the wine displayed noticeable alcohol … Continue reading

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Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay 2012

Pale in color with a nice nose of pear. On the mid palate the wine displays some bold fruit flavors, pear and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vanilla, butterscotch and oaky notes. There … Continue reading

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Cygnus Brut Nature Reserva Cava

As a public service announcement I thought I would pass along a tip CWG gave me. Today Bordeaux Futures ordering opened on the Vintages web site for the 2014 year. The futures program gives you a chance to preorder wines … Continue reading

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Miguel Torres Altos Ibéricos Crianza 2012

Dark in color with a mild nose of red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some lighter red berries to match the nose, but this wine lives in the finish where it displays some firm tannins, nice dryness … Continue reading

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Elderton High Altitude Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Happy Father’s day all! Ink dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some bold rich black cherries to match the nose, slightly sweet. On the finish the wine displays some nice firm … Continue reading

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Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2014 mini review

Pale in color with a nice smooth nose of grapefruit and citrus. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some smooth citrus and grapefruit. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp acidity along … Continue reading

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2012 Jackson-Triggs Merlot Grand Réserve Niagara Peninsula VQA

Inky dark in color with a mild nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black cherries to match the nose along with some mocha notes, but where this wine lives is in the finish! … Continue reading

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Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay 2013 mini review

A reminder mini-reviews were based on a small sample. This one was tasted at the California Wine fair. Pale in color with lovely varietal chard nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely chard fruit with some nice apple … Continue reading

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Wakefield Shiraz 2013

Inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins, peppery notes and acidity … Continue reading

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2014 Villa Sandi Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a nice nose of peach, stone fruit and nice minerality. On the mid palate the wine is a lovely, dry crisp wine with a hint of peach to match the nose. On the medium length finish … Continue reading

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Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

I’ve bought this wine for a number of years now, after tasting it at a Society for American Wines event. This one is dark in color with a mild nose of cherries. On the mid palate the wine displays nice … Continue reading

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Carpineto Chianti Classico 2012

Dark color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some red berries along with some mild minty notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively acidity firm tannins and firm dryness. As it … Continue reading

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2004 Cavallotto Fratelli Barolo Bricco Boschis

Sorry I’m a bit late with a post Life happens … I recently attended a 2004 Barolo/Barbaresco tasting event with Toronto Vintners Club where this was one of the stars of the night. Interestingly it was the first wine of … Continue reading

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2012 Murphy Goode Cab Sauv Mini review

I last wrote about the 2010 vintage of this wine and enjoyed it. This one is Dark in color with lovely fruit forward nose of red cherries coming up to greet you. On the mid palate the wine matches the … Continue reading

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2012 Benzinger Chard mini review

Pale in color with a lovely varietal chard nose. Lots of pear/apple. On the mid palate the wine displays some beautiful fruit to match the nose, nice pear and apple coming through. On the medium length finish the wine is … Continue reading

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2003 Devil’s Lair Red

This wine is Bordeaux style blend of 67% Cab Sauv, 25% Merlot and 8% cab franc. Dark in color with a nice mild nose of red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays red cherries and Cassis to match … Continue reading

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Ruppertsberger 2012 Pinot Noir

I had the pleasure of attending a Next Generation Germany wine event last night and learned lots. As well as the usual assortments of Riesling and Gewurztraminer they had a number of Pinot Noirs there. I had never had a … Continue reading

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Francis Ford Coppola 2013 Cab Sauv mini review

Dark in color with a lovely red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice red cherries and cassis. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and tannins along with … Continue reading

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Kacaba 2013 Barrel fermented Chardonnay

Golden in color with a lovely nose of pear and vanilla. On the mid palate the wine displays pear and vanilla to match the nose. The wine is a well made California style chard. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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2012 Murphy Goode Pinot Noir mini review

Garnet in color with a beautiful soft light red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays soft light red berries to match the nose. Strawberries and raspberries along with some nice rustic notes. There’s a hint of sweetness. … Continue reading

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Ca’ Momi Chardonnay 2013

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some apple along with some honeysuckle and a bit of sweetness. Think almost Riesling like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some spicy notes … Continue reading

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Zenato San Benedetto Lugana 2013

Pale in color with a mild nose with some peach coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some strong peach notes along with some nice acidity and minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm … Continue reading

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