Author Archives: John Galea

Basilica Cafaggio Single Estate Chianti Classico 2017

Dark in color with a red berry nose, offset straight out of the bottle by some medicinal notes that eased as it breathed. On the mid palate the wine displays some some strong tomato notes, overwhelming oak and strong acidity. … Continue reading

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Man Family Skaapveld Shiraz 2019

Dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black berries, almost blueberries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some softer herbal notes, mild white pepper and some dark chocolate. … Continue reading

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Nals Margreid Hill Pinot Grigio 2018

Biases up front, I don’t buy a lot of Pinot Grigio, I rarely find them tasty enough to bother. This one is pale straw in color with a mild minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice … Continue reading

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Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with a black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine is a juicy fruit forward, cherry … On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild herbal notes, along with soft tannins and acidity. This … Continue reading

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Collavini T Friulano 2018

Pale straw in color with a nice minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp, dry, minerally and citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity and the citrus notes linger … Continue reading

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Alira Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant black cherry notes that match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dusty tannins, vibrant acidity … Continue reading

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Marynissen Cabernet/Merlot 2017

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose that passed quickly as it breathed. On the mid palate the wine displays black berry notes, black plum, black cherries and the like. The fruit is most notable without food and … Continue reading

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Agriverde Eikos Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2017

Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berry notes to match the nose along with some nice mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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Mt. Monster Cabernet 2017

Dark in color with aa mild dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries along with some almost blueberry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant peppery notes and … Continue reading

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2020 Jaffelin Bourgogne Aligote AOC

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp, dry, mildly tart notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and dryness. This is a softer, gentler Aligote, … Continue reading

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Voyager Estate Girt by Sea Cabernet/Merlot 2017

I’ve had this one at a tasting before and was thrilled to see it come through the LCBO. Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely rich, … Continue reading

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Domaine de Triennes Rosé 2020

A lovely salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp tartness, strawberries and the like that dance on the tongue beautifully. On the medium length finish the tart acidity lingers nicely. … Continue reading

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Litorale Val delle Rose Vermentino 2019

I love Vermentinos but sadly we don’t get a lot of them in Ontario. This one is pale to slightly golden in color with a nice crisp dry nose. On the mid palate the wine packs some lovely tart green … Continue reading

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Private Reserve True North 100% Canadian 2017 750ml

As always the term reserve, in Canada, has no specific designation … This one is dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries, some mocha and the like. … Continue reading

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Sidewood Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Pale straw in color with a vibrant citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant citrus notes and zest. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity, some grapefruit and lemony notes. The acidity … Continue reading

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Stefano Farina Barbera d’Alba 2018

Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine has some vibrant dark berry notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity, some mocha/dark chocolate, and … Continue reading

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McManis Pinot Noir 2019

Garnet in color with a nice rustic, red fruit nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rustic raspberry notes. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity. This is a … Continue reading

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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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