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John Galea Wine Reviews

Cave du Château de Chénas Moulin-à-Vent 2016

I’ve been continuing my exploration of Gamays from France and continue to be converted … LCBO stores sometimes put wines on sale that haven’t moved, this one was at my local store for $14, from an original $19.95, so a … Continue reading

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Kir-Yianni Akakies Xinomavro Rosé 2018

I’ve been on a bit of journey on Roses lately so when I saw this one I trundled off and found one … it was a bit of a quest 🙂 Strawberry in color with a mild soft red berry … Continue reading

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Ravanal Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Dark in color with a nice cab nose, nice cherry notes. On the mid palate the wine displays varietal, bold dark cherries coming through. Quite vibrant. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity and good … Continue reading

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Fabre Montmayou Reserva Cabernet Franc 2016

Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice smooth dark cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth acidity and tannins. Without … Continue reading

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Mas des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Rosé 2018

Continuing my exploration of French Roses … Strawberry in color with a nose of pure strawberries. On the mid palate, you guessed it, strawberries! On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity, super dry. Not a bad … Continue reading

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Westmount Pinot Noir 2015

Nice garnet in color with a soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant red berries, edgy strawberries and the like. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild pepper, nice tannins and … Continue reading

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Lakeview Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity and has some nice mouth grip. Not a bad sauv … Continue reading

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2018 Muga Rose

I’ve been on a new path of discovery when it comes to Rose, so I thought I’d give this one a try. Quite pale salmon in color with a soft red berry nose. I found this wine VERY temperature sensitive. … Continue reading

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2017 Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Noir

Soft red berries on the nose, strawberries come to mind, varietal. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely strawberry notes to match the nose along with some nice rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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2016 Burning Kiln Cureman’s Chard

Pale to slightly golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely, varietal apple and pear to go with the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vanilla … Continue reading

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Château Briot 2017

Pale in color with a nice bright citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice lime and grapefruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice palate coating minerality along with a hint of … Continue reading

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Frei Brothers Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely expressive black cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays firm peppery notes, tannins and acidity. Even … Continue reading

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Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2017

Beaujolais as you may or may not know is a Gamay Noir. I have to admit I’ve not been a fan of a number of Ontario Gamays, tough for me to admit 🙂 Beaujolais Nouveau are fruity wines, fermented for … Continue reading

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2016 Burning Kiln Kiln Hanger

We were in town to visit the Canadian Raptor Conservancy (a kind of Zoo for Raptors) and dropped by here to check them out. We visited, in all, three wineries in the region, and these guys are by far the … Continue reading

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Thornbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays a mouth full of pink grapefruit. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely vibrant acidity with lots of mouth grip. I’d give it an … Continue reading

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Mimi en Provence Grande Réserve Rosé 2018

Ok, I have to admit it, I’m not a big Rose fan. I’ve tried a lot of them and been thoroughly underwhelmed. Most a fruity with little to no substance. So much so I’d largely given up on them, sadly, … Continue reading

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Franciscan Chardonnay 2016

Pale in color with a nice mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays all the varietal fruit notes, apple and pear to match the nose. The wine displays little to no creamyness and little to no vanilla. … Continue reading

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Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2017

Pale to slightly golden in color with a nice apple/pear varietal nose … On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely elegant pear and apple along with some nice vanilla notes. The wine displays some nice creamy … Continue reading

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2017 Meiomi Pinot Noir

Dark in color wine a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays more cherry notes than I would expect out of a Pinot. On the medium length finish the wine displays some acidity and tannins. Honestly … Continue reading

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Castelgreve Riserva Chianti Classico 2013

I last enjoyed the 2016 Chianti Classico from this winery and loved it, so when I saw this one, I figured the Riserva is only going to be better … Oops. Dark in color with a mild red berry nose … Continue reading

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Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017

I like my Chenin’s dry rather than sweet. This one caught my eye at 3g/l. Pale in color with a nice mild minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft minerality along with a hint of honeysuckle. … Continue reading

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Tawse Growers Blend Pinot Noir 2016

Niagara makes some wonderful Pinot Noirs. So much so I have trouble accepting supporting ones from other places, especially at even higher prices. This one is beautifully garnet in color with a nice soft red berry nose. On the mid … Continue reading

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Collavini T Friulano 2017

I picked this one up on a whim, with no research. I saw that it was nice and dry and I’ve enjoyed wines from the Friulano region so what the heck. Pale in color with a nice crisp minerally nose. … Continue reading

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2016 Arboleda Single Vineyard cab

I last wrote up the the 2015 and the 2017 vintage of this wine, sorry out of order,  and enjoyed them. This bodes well for consistency in this fine wine. This one is dark in color with a nice dark … Continue reading

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2017 Reva Nebbiolo D’Alba DOC

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate there’s some nice red fruits coming through. But like most Nebbiolos where this wine lives is in the finish where it displays nice super firm tannins, lovely … Continue reading

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