Author Archives: John Galea

2013 Luiano Chianti Classico Reserva mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich red berries along with some oak. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and smooth with some nice tannins and acidity. … Continue reading

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Sugar Loaf Sauvignon Blanc 2014 mini review

Pale in color with a mild 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 acidity along with some nice mouth grip, … Continue reading

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2008 Clos Le Jordanne Pinot Noir Village Reserve

I’ve had this one in the cellar for a while now. Interestingly enough I had it as a best before 2012 🙂 Ooops. Lovely garnet in color with a nice nose of soft red berries. On the mid palate the … Continue reading

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Two Sisters 2012 Merlot mini review

I had the pleasure of attending the iYellow Winetario event where Ontario Wine Award winners showed up with some of their best wines. The event was an awesome showcase of some incredible Ontario wines. This wine was by far one … Continue reading

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Ryder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate this is a rich juicy dark berry mid palate to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and acidity. It’s … Continue reading

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Le Grand Noir 2014 Chardonnay

I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the Wine Academy, Toronto’s latest offering for storing your wine and is also a social club. The facility has an onsite kitchen and entertaining space as well! This wine was … Continue reading

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Elephant Hill Pinot Noir 2014 Mini review

Another one from the New Zealand wine festival. I’ve had this one before and enjoyed it. Garnet in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate this wine displays some nice varietal soft red berries and rustic notes. On … Continue reading

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2013 Matua Pinot Noir mini review

Garnet in color with a nice varietal nose of soft red berries and rustic notes. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with soft red berries, strawberries and some nice rustic notes. This is definitely a softer more … Continue reading

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Colio estates Bricklayers Cache Small Lot Syrah mini review

Inky dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild dark fruits, but where this wine lives is in the finish where it displays some strong coffee notes. There some nice dryness and … Continue reading

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2014 Tres Pilaves Verdejo (mini review)

Verdejo is the white grape in the Rueda region of Spain. I recently attended an event hosted by the Spanish Wine Society in Toronto focused on this varietal. This was one of the stars of the night. Pale in color … Continue reading

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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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