Author Archives: John Galea

2018 Kacab Rebecca Rose

Salmon in color with mild nose. On the mid palate the wine smacks you with bubble gum being the dominant flavor along with some citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild acidity where the citrus … Continue reading

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2014 Chateau Capbern

I bought this as part of a Bordeaux futures order quite a while back. About three years ago I opened one and it was a tannic monster. I decanted it, and it still was unapproachable. I gave in and aerated … Continue reading

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Columbia Winery Merlot 2017

Dark in color with a mild plummy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays a fruit forward, plum dominant jammy merlot. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. I would … Continue reading

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2018 Trius Barrel fermented Chard

Slightly golden in color with an apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some prominent vanilla notes, along with some nice apple and pear to match the nose. This is a nice, rich varietal, oaked, dry chard. Quite … Continue reading

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San Felice Chianti Classico 2017

Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice cherry notes, along with some nice tomato notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth acidity and tannins, nice … Continue reading

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Hugh Hamilton The Ratbag Merlot 2016

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice firm black plums, and earthy notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dusty tannins, vibrant acidity, some green notes and … Continue reading

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Licenciado Reserva 2015

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with big black cherries along with some rich mocha, and coffee notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice … Continue reading

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De Bortoli G.S. Pinot Noir 2018

Garnet in color with a nice, soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice, varietal, fruit forward raspberry and rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some bold black pepper along with some … Continue reading

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Imagery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rich, bold dark cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice pepper notes, along with some firm tannins and … Continue reading

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Merf Chardonnay 2018

Pale to golden in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice fruit forward apple/pear along with some mild vanilla notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and … Continue reading

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Lenz Moser Prestige Grüner Veltliner 2018

Golden in color with a nice tart nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild effervescence along with some nice crisp tartness, green apples and lime notes. On the medium length finish the citrus notes hang around nicely … Continue reading

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Valdemar Inspiración Selección 2015

Dark in color with a nice smooth black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice smooth juicy black berries to match the nose along with some nice mocha, oak and vanilla notes. On the medium length … Continue reading

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CREW Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

I last reviewed the Merlot from Crew and was impressed. This one is inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some big bold edgy black fruits, strong peppery notes, firm … Continue reading

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Durigutti Cabernet Franc 2017

Dark in color with a mild dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries to match the nose along with some firm peppery notes, vibrant acidity and some mocha, nice and dry. Not a … Continue reading

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I Balzi Nero d’Avola 2018

Dark in color with a mild black 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 lovely rich chocolate and mocha notes along … Continue reading

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Château Le Grand Moulin Collection Grande Réserve 2016

Dark in color with a nice nose of dark berries and mocha … On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark plums, dark berries and chocolate/mocha to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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Collier Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Dark in color with an expressive fruit forward dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with fruit forward black berries, jammy notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth dryness and … Continue reading

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2018 Trius Merlot VQA

Dark in color with a mild, red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some dark plums … On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm tannins and acidity. Quite nice, I’d give it an … Continue reading

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Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries, and black currants overwhelmed by strong white pepper and very noticeable alcohol … nice and dry! There are some chocolate notes … Continue reading

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2018 Trius Niagara Peninsula Cab Franc

Dark in color with a red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some cherries, jammy notes, along with some mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity and nice tannins. This is more … Continue reading

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Lyrarakis Vóila Assyrtiko 2018

Pale straw in color with nice minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine has some super distinct flavors, pink grapefruit, nice stone notes, and some lovely minerality. On the medium length finish the wine, especially without food, has some … Continue reading

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Oyster Bay 2019 Pinot Grigio

Pale straw in color with a mild minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild peach and stone fruits. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice green apple tart notes along with some nice … Continue reading

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Domaine Coudoulis Evidence Lirac 2016

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some black berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant peppery notes and some VERY noticeable alcohol. … Continue reading

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Gorghi Tondi Coste a Preola Grillo 2018

I attended an Italian tasting that included some eclectic wines/wineries from Italy and Grillo was a Sicilian grape that caught my attention. So when this one was on the release I jumped at the chance. Grillo is another one of … Continue reading

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Château Haut-Bergey 2016

Inky dark in color with lovely inviting dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with dark cherries, and mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some bitter dark chocolate notes along with … Continue reading

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