Author Archives: John Galea

2011 Pilliteri Viognier

Pale in color with a bright floral nose typical of a Viognier. On the mid palate the wine displays floral notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively acidity along with some nice … Continue reading

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2013 Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay

Pale in color with a mild nose of pear/apple. On the mid palate this wine displays pear/apple to match the nose. This is definitely more of a fruit forward Chard. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild … Continue reading

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Ballast Stone Windjammer Shiraz 2012

Inky dark in color with a mild nose of black berries. On the mid palate the displays some lovely rich black berries to match the nose. Not quite blueberry but close. On the medium length finish the wine displays bright … Continue reading

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Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2014 mini review

Pale in color with lovely nose of minerality and stone fruits. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely citrus, and lime notes backed by some firm and lively acidity. The wine builds nicely in the … Continue reading

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2014 Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild citrus notes along with a hint of honeysuckle. There’s a bit of sweetness to the wine. Of the sauv blancs I have tried … Continue reading

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Poplar Grove Merlot 2011 mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some beautiful rich plum. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and lingering dryness. This is a well made Merlot displays lots … Continue reading

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Graham Beck The Ridge Syrah 2012

Inky dark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with blueberry coming through very nicely. Big and bold this is a lovely wine. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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2013 Duckhorn Decoy Cab sauv

We stopped by the Keg and this one was on their by the bottle list so we grabbed it. Dark in color with a nice subtle nose of red berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with … Continue reading

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Elephant Hill Pinot Noir 2013

The usual garnet in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays a nice smooth light red berry flavor to match the nose along with some rustic notes that build nicely in the mouth. On the … Continue reading

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Forest 2012 Marlborough Pinot Noir mini review

Garnet in color with a nice nose of soft red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich fruit backed by some nice tannins and a hint of pepper with a medium length finish. A very nice … Continue reading

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Casas del Bosque Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Pale in color with a nice smooth green grassy nose along with some citrus notes. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice smooth citrus notes, some pink grapefruit along with some grassy under tones. On … Continue reading

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Vieni Foch Vintage Reserve 2012

Inky dark in color with a nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries, dark cherries and oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and lively acidity. This … Continue reading

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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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