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John Galea Wine Reviews

2017 Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

I have to admit, Amarone’s are not a wine I have a lot of experience, and given the importance of pairing food/wine to me, I struggled with the best place to put this wine, it was a gift from Dale/Lori! … Continue reading

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Château la Tour de l’Évêque Rosé 2020

Salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant, tart, cranberry like flavors. On the mid palate the wine displays some bright vibrant acidity, quite refreshing and it lingers nicely on the palate. … Continue reading

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2019 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

This is a long running, outstanding oaked chard that from time to time goes on sale, when it does, grab it, my bet, it will easily keep for a couple years. This one is pale/golden in color with a nice … Continue reading

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Château Bel Air Perponcher Réserve 2018

Inky dark in color with a nice black berry and cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine packs a punch with black berries and cherries to match the nose along with some strong spicy notes. On the medium length … Continue reading

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Château Mirambeau Papin 2016

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with dark berries along with some noticeable oak nots, especially fresh out of the bottle. On the medium length finish the dark … Continue reading

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Ardal Crianza 2014

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays black cherries, firm oak notes along with some mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some with some strong peppery notes, dusty … Continue reading

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Lundy Manor Lundy Red 2016

I’ve seen this winery mentioned a number of times in LCBO releases and wondered, well this time my curiosity got the better of me. The blend looks good, g/l look inviting to so I jumped … Spoiler alert … DON’T … Continue reading

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Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

This wine has long been a fav of mine since first encountering it at Reds … Ruby in color with a nice inviting red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp dry dark cherry notes, … Continue reading

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Zenato San Benedetto Lugana 2020

Pale straw in color with a minerally nose … On the mid palate the wine delivers beautifully crisp minerally and citrus notes that gently coat the palate. On the medium length finish the vibrant acidity lives on nicely. This wine … Continue reading

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Lily Sparkling Rosé VQA

Slightly pale salmon in color a nice minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp minerality along with some light citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity, crisp dryness, … Continue reading

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Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir 2018

Dark in color with a beautiful soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely elegant raspberries and strawberries, along with some oak notes, spot on varietal. On the medium length finish the wine follows the … Continue reading

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Stefano Farina Le Bocce Chianti Classico 2016

On behalf of Brett and myself, I would like to say Merry Christmas, and Seasons greetings to all! Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice bright cherry notes along with … Continue reading

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Pighin Pinot Grigio 2020

Terroni’s restaurant in Toronto introduced me to Friuli wines, crisp dry, food friendly wines, so when ones come on the vintages list I give them a look. This one is 100% Pinot Grigio, which in general, I am not a … Continue reading

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Mazzei Ser Lapo Riserva Chianti Classico 2018

Dark in color with a mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays rich vibrant cherry notes along with some beautiful mocha and chocolate notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice peppery notes and … Continue reading

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Jean-Ernest Descombes Morgon 2018

Biases up front, I’m really not a fan of most Niagara, and even Ontario gamay noirs, they are too much more of a noveau style with fruit forward, and sweetness being dominant. I’ve been schooled before about some serious Gamays … Continue reading

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Longford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant black fruits, black cherry, blackberry and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice spicy, peppery notes along … Continue reading

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Lornano Chianti Classico 2016

Inky dark in color with a strong dominant woody nose. On the mid palate there are some nice black cherry notes backed up almost immediately by oak notes along with some mocha/coffee. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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Curvos Loureiro 2020

I’ve previously had a Alveleda that was a blend of Loureiro and Alvarinho so I was curious who brought what to the table so decided to try this one … It’s 100% Louriero. On the nose there are some mild flinty … Continue reading

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2020 Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde

Pale straw in color with a crisp dry minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice lime notes along with some crisp dry minerality to match the nose. On the medium length finish the citrus/lime notes and … Continue reading

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Marcel Cabelier Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 2015

Slightly golden in color with a smokey/flinty nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild apple notes along with smokey/flinty notes to match the nose. There’s also some noticeable woody notes, oak etc. On the medium length finish … Continue reading

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2020 Winzer Krems Gruner Veltliner 13

I love Gruners and pounce on them anytime I get a chance (insuring that they are low in sugar content which most are). I was walking through the LCBO and this one leapt out into my pocket and I had … Continue reading

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Niro di Citra Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2017

Dark in color with a mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice varietal black cherry notes along with some nice mocha and coffee. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity along … Continue reading

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Quails’ Gate Rosé 2020

Pale salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays crisp dry minerality, some red fruits, mild strawberry and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp citrus and minerality … Continue reading

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FRIND Big Red 2018

Inky dark in color with a smooth black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich elegant black cherry notes along with some nice mocha and oak notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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Orestiadi Grillo 2019

I first got introduced to this Sicilian grape at an Italian tasting and was intrigued, we don’t get a lot into the Ontario market so when I saw one, I grabbed it. Pale straw in color with a mild minerally … Continue reading

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