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John Galea Wine Reviews

Terra d’Aligi Tatone Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2017

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some VIBRANT black fruits and dark chocolate. On the medium length finish the wine’s velvety tannins stick nicely to the tongue along with some … Continue reading

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2018 Rodney Strong Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a bold red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine packs a punch with bold vibrant cherries, and rustic notes and long with some dark chocolate. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant red cherries to match the nose along with some bold peppery/spicy notes and some mild mocha. On the medium length finish … Continue reading

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Mirabeau X Rosé 2021

Nothing quite beats a Provence Rose and this is no exception. Pale salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some solid crisp dry cranberry notes with vibrant acidity and minerality. On the medium … Continue reading

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Domaine Tariquet Classic Blanc 2021

This wine is an interesting blend of a number of grapes I’ve not heard of before so I was curious … Pale straw in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant acidity, strong … Continue reading

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Christopher Michael Northwest Winemakers Pinot Noir 2019

Garnet in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant red fruits, strawberry and the like along with some rustic notes. On the medium length finish the rustic notes live on … Continue reading

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Schreckbichl Colterenzio Pinot Grigio 2020

Pale straw in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate without food the wine displays some crisp tart, lime and even a hint of smokiness. On the medium length finish the citrus notes and vibrant acidity live on … Continue reading

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El Pedrosal Crianza 2016

Dark in color with a mild red berry oaky nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild red fruits, almost some vermouth notes … On the medium length finish the wine displays firm edgy tannins, super velvety dryness … Continue reading

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Villa Cerna Primocolle Chianti Classico 2017

Garnet in color with a nice cherry and red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely cherry notes, red berries and tomatoes! On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity that sticks nicely … Continue reading

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Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2019

Inky dark in color with a vibrant black berry nose that comes right out to greet you on pouring … On the mid palate the wine has some vibrant black cherries, and some mocha. On the medium length finish there … Continue reading

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Château des Charmes St. David’s Bench Vineyard Gamay Noir Droit 2018

Bias up front, I find a lot of Niagara Gamay’s way too fruit forward for my tastes, so when I was given this, I was skeptical … Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine … Continue reading

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2020 Cave Spring Chardonnay

Pale straw in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays more of a fruit forward lightly oaked character with apple and pear notes, and slightly creamy. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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Château de Marsan 2018

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine display vibrant black fruits, nice mocha and oaking notes. On the medium length finish the wine has beautiful, velvety, firm tannins that stick to the … Continue reading

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Villa Sandi Merlot 2020

Inky dark in color with a mild black fruit nose. On the mid palate the wine packs a punch with big black cherry notes along with some mocha, spice, and some pepper. On the medium length finish the wine delivers … Continue reading

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Masseria Altemura Falanghina 2020

We don’t get a lot of Falanghina’s here, so when we do I pounce on them. Another of the unique indigenous grapes of Italy! You could spend a career learning these wines, oh the agony of the challenge 🙂 Pale … Continue reading

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Clarence Dillon Clarendelle Red 2016

Inky dark in color with a dark berry nose … On the mid palate the wine displays vibrant black berry notes, black cherry, and mocha … On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely firm dusty tannins, nice acidity, … Continue reading

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Borsao Selección Blanco 2020

Pale straw in color with a citrus/minerally nose … On the mid palate the wine packs a punch with some strong green/grassy/citrus notes along with a hint of grapefruit tartness. On the medium length finish the wine delivers some racy … Continue reading

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Oyster Bay Rosé 2021

Rose all day baby, yaaaaa … This one is and interesting color, not the usual pale salmon. Mild on the nose the wine packs a punch with some solid tart strawberries notes dominating the mid palate. On the medium length … Continue reading

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Feudo Montoni Lagnusa Nero d’Avola 2019

Dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine delivers nice bold black cherries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice bold tannins and acidity … nice and dry. … Continue reading

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2017 Featherstone Cabernet Franc

Dark in color with a nice mild black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some black cherries to match the nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm acidity and lighter tannins, nice and dry. … Continue reading

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Southbrook Triomphe Organic Cabernet Franc Rosé 2021

This is a very different kind of rose, right from the color which is a lot more deep rich red notes than most … Mild on the nose with a vibrant mid palate that packs a lot of flavor, think … Continue reading

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Dopff au Moulin Cuvée Europe Riesling 2019

Biases up front, I’ve had a lot of sweet Reislings and am SO NOT A FAN but when I saw this one at 2 g/l residual sugar it enticed me to try it … Pale straw in color with a … Continue reading

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Meerlust Red 2019

Inky dark in color with a nice dark berry and oaky nose. On the mid palate the wine displays vibrant fruit forward dark berry notes, along with some mild mocha … On the medium length in finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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Bonterra Merlot 2019

Inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely deep rich black berries to match the nose, dark cherries and dark chocolate along with some vibrant acidity and firm tannins. This … Continue reading

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Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyard Cabernet Rosé 2021

Pale salmon in color with an expressive nose for a rose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant ripe strawberry notes. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine’s acidity sticks slightly to the tongue. This … Continue reading

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