Author Archives: John Galea

2020 The Ned Sauvignon Blanc

Pale straw in color with a mild grapefruit nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some softer pink grapefruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity and citrus notes. This is not as … Continue reading

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Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Pale straw in color with REALLY BIG nose of pink grapefruit, it jumps right out of the glass … On the mid palate the wine matches with a mouth full of pink grapefruit. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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Château Peyros Tannat/Cabernet Franc 2016

There was a hint that this was going to be a bigger wine, and that was that they added Cab Franc to soften the tannat … I think this might be my first tannat. Inky dark in color with a … Continue reading

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Château Teyssier Montagne-Saint-Émilion 2018

Inky dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays beautiful rich black fruits, blackberry, cherries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely rich dry tannins, and the black … Continue reading

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Buried Cane Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Dark in color with a mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant cherry fruit to match the nose, on the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity, nice and … Continue reading

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Weszeli Felix Grüner Veltliner 2019

Pale straw in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine has a strong effervescent note, one of the strongest effervescent notes to date, along with some zesty citrus notes. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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Castelli del Grevepesa Clemente VII Chianti Classico 2016

Inky dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rich black cherry notes along with some nice mocha. On the medium length in finish the wine displays some nice soft … Continue reading

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2019 Matua Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Pale straw in color with a mild pink grapefruit nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some spot on grapefruit notes, not as edgy or sharp as some … On the medium length finish the crisp citrus notes and … Continue reading

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Ponte Pellegrino Aglianico 2018

Dark in color with a soft red berry and woody nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red berry notes to match the nose, maybe some tomato notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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2018 Crew Cab Franc

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant black cherry notes to match the nose, some spot on varietal cab franc flavors. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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2018 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

Slightly golden in color with a mild nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice apple and pear along with some oaking notes like vanilla. This is not a super oaked wine, but more … Continue reading

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Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico 2017

In a wine class, the instructor used the phrase “if it grows together … it goes together” so tonight was pasta night, so a Chianti Classico was on the preferred list … I’ve really come to appreciate them. This one … Continue reading

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2018 Cave Spring Cabernet Franc

Cab Franc is a grape that grows well in Niagara, and Cave Springs are a benchmark for entry level Cab Francs that punch above their price point. This one is dark in color with a nice albeit mild black fruit … Continue reading

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Gassier Sables d’Azur Rosé 2019

A beautiful salmon color in the glass, this wine displays some mild citrus notes. On the mid palate the wine is vibrant and vivid with bold strawberries being dominant, some mild hints of pink grapefruit as well, but overall the … Continue reading

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Mon Frère Vintner’s Selection California Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with a nice mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine is a lovely, varietal spot on cab with lots of fruit forward cherry notes coming through. On the lighter side of medium in length the … Continue reading

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Antoine Simoneau Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2019

If your looking for value out of France, look no further than Touraine which is the little brother of better know Sancerre’s, and come at a much reduced price. Pale straw in color with a nice citrus and minerally nose. … Continue reading

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2016 Two Sisters Cab Franc

I wanted something special for Valentines day, so I splurged and order three different wines from Two Sisters to make the day! This one is dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays … Continue reading

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2018 Tawse Growers Blend Pinot Noir

I last wrote up the 2016 vintage of this wine which I grabbed at the winery. This one I grabbed at the LCBO. Deep garnet in color with a mild cherry/raspberry nose. On the mid palate the wine is a … Continue reading

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Feudo Arancio Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely vibrant dark cherry notes, spot on varietal cab sauv, along with some nice dark chocolate and mocha notes. On the medium length … Continue reading

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Franschhoek Cellar The Churchyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose along with a hint of match stick. On the mid palate the wine displays nice dark cherries, and dark chocolate notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some edgy … Continue reading

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Pomar Junction Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Inky dark in color with a black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice juicy vibrant black cherries. This is definitely more of a softer fruit forward wine, not to the point of being a fruit … Continue reading

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Rustenberg Stellenbosch Shiraz 2018

Inky dark in color with distinctive albeit mild smoky/wood and black berry nose. On the mid palate the black berries are noticeable but this is not a fruit forward wine by any means. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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Les Hauts de Lagarde Blanc 2019

This wine is 60% sauv blanc and 40% semilion. Pale straw in color with a mild citrus nose. For those of you use to edgy Chilean or New Zealand Sauv blancs, meh this isn’t that. I last reviewed the 2018 … Continue reading

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Tenuta di Vignole Chianti Classico 2016

Dark in color with a mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal dark almost sour cherry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity and nice tannins that dance on … Continue reading

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The Lackey Shiraz 2018

Dark in color with a earthy, oaky nose straight out of the bottle. On the mid palate the wine displays at first some fruit forward black berry notes, not to the extreme of blueberries … On the medium length finish … Continue reading

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