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John Galea Wine Reviews

Gray Monk Pinot Noir 2014

Garnet in color with a mild soft red berry nose. On the mid palate this is a varietal spot on Pinot Noir. Lovely soft red berries to match the nose, strawberries and the like along with some nice rustic notes. … Continue reading

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Marangona 2015 Lugana Turbiana (mini review)

The Italian wine scene can be overwhelming to some. There are so many unique varietals that are unique not just to Italy but to specific regions of Italy. You could spend a lifetime learning them all. But not a bad … Continue reading

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2014 Cupcake Black Forest Decadent Red

Dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich black berries to match the nose, black cherries and the like along with some mocha. Straight out of the bottle the alcohol was … Continue reading

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2015 Lacey Pinot Noir (mini review)

When tasting wines from Prince Edward county one has to be careful. There are a number of the wines that are made from Niagara grapes. Now while I have no objection to this practice I prefer when the winery is … Continue reading

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2016 Azul Sauv Blanc (mini review)

I had the pleasure of being invited to the first portfolio tasting of Apparition Wines held at the yet to be open Birch Bistro. Laurie Hillesheim has created a beautiful space on Mount Pleasant. She chose some lovely meats that … Continue reading

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2013 Kacaba Merlot

Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely rich black berries. The wine is getting a little long in the tooth but the fruit is still … Continue reading

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2014 Montes Alpha cab sauv

I previously tasted the 2013 of this wine and enjoyed it at the Chilean wine show so I bought this one. Dark in color with an odd, almost woody nose. On the mid palate there are some noticeable mint notes, … Continue reading

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Lander-Jenkins Chardonnay 2014

Pale in color with a nice albeit mild nose of apple and pear. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with apple and pear, lovely fruit! On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely soft vanilla … Continue reading

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2014 Wakefield Shiraz (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid palate this is a classic aussie shiraz displaying some nice black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth … Continue reading

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2014 Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a nice varietal nose of soft red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red berries to match the nose, think raspberries and the like, along with some nice rustic notes. On … Continue reading

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2013 Montes Alpha Cab Sauv (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice soft red cherries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins, acidity and some … Continue reading

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2014 Joie Pinot Noir (non reserve) mini review

Garnet in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft red berries, think raspberry, along with some nice rustic notes, spot on varietal. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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2027 Cellars Aberdeen Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Pale in color with a nice albeit mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine diplays some lovely fruit, apple and pear to match the nose. This is well done! On the medium length finish the wine some nice … Continue reading

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Light Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays blackberries to match the nose. On the medium length finish there’s some noticeable oak along with some tannins and acidity. Honestly this wine reminded … Continue reading

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2014 Beringers Founders Chard

Pale in color with a mild slightly odd nose. Nothing I can place. On the mid palate the wine displays some varietal chard fruit, pear really coming through along with some apple. On the medium length finish the pear comes … Continue reading

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2015 Bishop Shiraz (mini review)

Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lots of lovely black berries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some smooth tannins and acidity. … Continue reading

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2014 Mission Hill Five Vineyards Chardonnay mini review

Slightly golden in color with a mild, varietal chard nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice apple/pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice mild vanilla and butterscotch. The fruit … Continue reading

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Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel del Monte 2009

Dark in color with a nice fruity red berry nose. About the only thing fruity about this wine. On the mid palate the wine displays some red berry notes to match the nose along with some noticeable oak notes. On … Continue reading

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St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich dark berries/cherries to match the nose along with some nice oak notes along with some nice mocha. On the medium … Continue reading

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2012 Château Argadens Bordeaux

I last reviewed the 2011 which I only had a tasting of so I thought I would grab a bottle of it. The wine is a vinatges essential so available in many LCBO web stores. Dark in color with a … Continue reading

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Bogle Essential Red 2014

This is another excellent red from Bogle. Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich dark cherry fruit. The cab sauv is really coming through. On the medium length finish … Continue reading

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Château Argadens Bordeaux 2011 mini review

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich red berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and lively acidity along … Continue reading

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Calera Mount Harlan 2012 Chardonnay mini review

Pale in color with a nice varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich varietal fruit, nice apple/pear and vanilla. On the medium length finish the vanilla lives on nicely in the mouth. This is a … Continue reading

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2014 Stoney Rdige Cab Franc

Dark in color with a mild red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice red cherries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively acidity along with some smooth … Continue reading

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14 Hands 2014 Chard

I’ve been on a roll of good chards lately … This is another one. Pale to slightly golden in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal apple and pear. On the medium … Continue reading

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