Author Archives: John Galea

Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2015

Dark in color with a mild black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with black cherries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and acidity. If your looking for … Continue reading

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The Winery of Good Hope Reserve Pinot Noir 2016

Darker in color than a normal pinot noir, with a mild nose of soft red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some unusual smokey notes, some soft red berries, nothing close to strawberries along with some woody/earthy notes. … Continue reading

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2015 Ménage à Trois Gold Chardonnay

Let’s not waste any time discussing the silly name … I tried this wine IN SPITE of the name 🙂 Slightly golden in color with a nice varietal nose with pear and apple coming through. On the mid palate the … Continue reading

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2015 Henry of Pelham Family tree red

I’ve had this one over a number of years and it has been consistently very good. Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose, along with some oak coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely black … Continue reading

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Château La Brande 2015

Dark in color with a nice plum/black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice soft black plums coming through backed almost immediately by firm, acidity tannins and even a metallic flavor. There’s some green … Continue reading

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Château Le Grand Verdus Réserve 2015

Every now and then an inexpensive Bordeaux shows up that is well worth the price. It encourages me to keep looking for that bargoon. This wine (spoiler alert) is one of those … Dark in color with a nice black … Continue reading

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2016 Rocca Delle Macie Chianti

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice cherry flavors, not cab like … On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. I would give this … Continue reading

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Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2017

Every now and then a Chenin comes through the LCBO from South Africa that catches my eye. Wines from the Vouvray region of France are primarily Chenins. At there best, they are lovely, crisp dry, food friendly wines. This one … Continue reading

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2015 Inniskillin Niagara Reserve Pinot Noir

In some countries the word reserve is used to denote longer time in oak. In Canada, it’s meaning can be varied. So according the the Inniskillin website “Grapes are selected by our winemaker from specific lots of premium vineyards throughout … Continue reading

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2014 Estate Papaioannou Nemea Agiorgitiko Nemea (mini review)

My regular readers know I’ve been on a bit of a journey of exploration of wines from Greece. They have some unique grapes and old world methods that makes this a eye opening experience. Recently I attended the Wines of … Continue reading

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Lantides Goldvine Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (mini review)

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely black cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. This is a nice dry wine! This is … Continue reading

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Bachelder 2015 Wismer Chard (mini review)

Pale in color with a lovely rich bold varietal chard nose with lots of apple/pear coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with bold rich apple and pear coming through along with some nice creamyness. On … Continue reading

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2016 Inniskillin Niagara Cellar Selection Pinot noir

I love Pinots, and Niagara make some great ones. Inniskillin is in the Niagara on the lake area. This particular wine was available at the wine store as I was walking out of Metro, and I couldn’t be bothered walking … Continue reading

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2016 Albert Bichot Bourgogne Pinot Noir

I’ve been on a bit of a run of good Pinots lately. I grabbed this one based only on the sugar content from the general list. Garnet in color with a nice soft red berry nose. On the mid palate … Continue reading

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2013 Domaine Queylus Merlot (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice plum nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with black plums coming through along with some cherries. This is a lovely bold merlot. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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2013 Flat rock Gravity Pinot Noir

I’ve had this wine over a large number of years and they are always consistent. I consider this wine a benchmark. It has all the things you should expect from a pinot and none of the things you don’t want! … Continue reading

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2014 St Francis Sonoma Cab Sauv

Dark in color with a lovely red cherry nose, it jumps right up to greet you! On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely, bold, rich, vibrant red cherries to match the nose. On the medium length … Continue reading

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2012 13th Street Premier Cuvee (mini review)

Pale in color with a nice crisp dry minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely crispness, and some noticeable chard notes, some apple/pear. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely acidity and … Continue reading

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Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2015

Garnet in color with a nice soft red berry fruit nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely strawberry notes along with some nice varietal rustic notes coming through. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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The Velvet Devil Merlot

Inky dark in color with a nice black plum nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely black plums coming through along with some black cherries, and hint of wood. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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2013 Strewn American Oak Chardonnay mini review

Slightly golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with spot on apple/pear notes. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry and shows some nice vanilla notes. … Continue reading

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2016 ARGYROS ASSYRTIKO

Pale in color with nice crisp nose along with some floral notes coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays lots of crisp minerality to match the nose along with some unique smokey notes and some citrus too. On … Continue reading

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Ardal Crianza 2013

Inky dark in color with a mild black berry nose, which is about the only thing mild about this wine. On the mid palate the wine spot on matches the nose with nice black berries, black cherries and the like … Continue reading

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Raymond Reserve Selection Chardonnay 2015

Golden in color with a rich apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with bold apple and pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays bold spicy, peppery notes that quickly … Continue reading

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Rabl Kittmansberg Grüner Veltliner 2016

I love Grüners. For those that don’t know them, they are lovely crisp dry wines from Austria, although other countries are awakening to the grape including the Finger lakes in New York! This one is slightly golden in color with … Continue reading

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