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John Galea Wine Reviews

Thierry Delaunay Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Pale straw in color with a lovely grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy and lime notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively acidity with lots of citrus notes on … Continue reading

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Bersano Gavi di Gavi 2019

Pale straw in color with a floral nose. On the mid palate the wine is interesting, some unique flavors. In some ways it reminds me of honeysuckle notes, sorta, kinda super dry riesling like. On the medium length finish, especially … Continue reading

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Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries to match the nose along with some herbal notes. The back of bottle says thyme? On the medium length finish … Continue reading

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Chombart & Speck Cave Mystère Merlot 2018

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some big bold black cherries and black plum notes that punch well above it’s price point. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice … Continue reading

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Velenosi Querciantica Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2019

Pale straw in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm citrus notes, lime and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity that coats the palate nicely, … Continue reading

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2014 Culina Cab Sauv

Back in 2017 I attended a tasting with Sara Triggs of this wine (and others) and was impressed and bought some, I’ve had it in the cellar ever since. A wine is ready to drink when you can’t wait any … Continue reading

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Elderton Eden Valley Chardonnay 2018

Pale to golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich vibrant app/pear and vanilla notes. Nice and creamy, and dry on the medium length finish. This is a perfectly oaked … Continue reading

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2015 Monte Antico

Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some cherry notes along with some firm smoky/woody notes. This is a VERY oaked wine. With some time these oak notes might soften but … Continue reading

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Nuiton Beaunoy Bourgogne Aligoté 2018

At a wine course I got introduced to Aligote and was impressed. It actually shocks me that farmers in Burgundy make this wine when they could make a much more profitable pinot noir … Pale straw in color with a … Continue reading

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Underwood Pinot Noir 2018

Garnet in color with nice rustic and soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine is a spot on, varietal, fruit forward pinot with lots of soft red berries, strawberries, raspberries and the like. On the medium length … Continue reading

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Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay 2018

Slightly golden in color with a slightly smoky nose. On the mid palate the wine is dominated by smokey notes along with some subtle apple/pear and vanilla. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry but the … Continue reading

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Mercer Bros Merlot 2017

Inky dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant black fruits, black cherries/black plums and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm peppery notes, especially straight … Continue reading

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Three of Hearts Rosé 2019

This wine is a lovely pink/salmon color. Mild soft red berry on the nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice strawberry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely zesty notes, firm, lively acidity and … Continue reading

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Seven Falls Chardonnay 2016

Pale in color with a mild apple and pear nose. On the mid palate this wine is a tale of two situations … with food this is a mild chard with light oaking. Some apple/pear to match the wine. Without … Continue reading

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Calvet Pinot Blanc 2018

I get a lot of my content from wine tastings that of course in todays COVID times are suspended. As an example I would get 30+ wines tasted in an evening. Even if I only wrote up the stars of … Continue reading

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Giant Steps Chardonnay 2018

Pale in color with a nice apple and pear nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with vibrant apple and pear coming through. This is a fruit forward, elegant, unoaked (or lightly oaked) chard. On the medium … Continue reading

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Tawse Spark Brut Sparkling 2016

Pale straw in color with nice mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal apple, pear and citrus notes. On the medium length finish, especially on it’s own, the wine has some nice mouth grip … Continue reading

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Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2017

Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant black plums. On the medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. This is definitely a softer, gentler fruit … Continue reading

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Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni 2018

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berry notes along with some noticeable oak/wood. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity and … Continue reading

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Evidencia Reserva Touriga Nacional 2016

Inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some expressive dark fruits. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and acidity along with some bold mocha/coffee notes, … Continue reading

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Rioja Vega Crianza 2016

Dark in color with a mild nose, about all that is mild about this wine. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm black cherries along with some nice chocolate notes. On the medium length in finish this wine … Continue reading

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Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2018

Pale in color with a nice minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp mild green apple notes along with some golden delicious. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice, crisp, dry minerality … Continue reading

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Villa Matilde Stregamora Piedirosso 2018

Dark in color with a dark berry and smoky nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries along with some noticeable coffee and mocha notes along with a hint of earthiness. On the medium length finish … Continue reading

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Calamus Ball’s Falls Red 2017

Inky dark in color with a mild black berry nose, about the only thing about this wine that is mild. On the mid palate the wine displays some intense, vibrant black berry notes, along with some slightly bitter dark chocolate, … Continue reading

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2018 Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc

In case your not aware, a Fume blanc is an oaked Sauv blanc, some Bordeaux Sauv blancs have oak as well. I’ve always been kind of opposed to the concept … I love a sharp edgy sauv blanc so the … Continue reading

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