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Over two thousand wine reviews! While most of our reviews focus on great wines under $20, we also offer reviews of luxury and collectible wines. As we are located in Philadelphia, most  wines reviewed here are available via PLCB Wine & Spirits Shops in Pennsylvania. Our main reviewer is Keith Wallace, the executive director and founder of the Wine School of Philadelphia.

 

 

Best Buys in the PLCB Wine & Spirit Shops for April & May

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Best Buys in the PLCB Wine & Spirit Shops for April & May

This is our current list of the top wines currently available in the PLCB Wine Shops. This month we are featuring the best Spanish and French wines in the Chairman’s Selection program. Spanish Wine Reviews Anecoop 2008 Casa L’Angel Old Vines, Valencia (SP) This bottle smells like a pirate ship: aromas of ocean air, old wood, and gun smoke. It’s another story for the palate, which goes toward fennel, toast, and blueberry preserves. Very nice bottle with a finish that goes toward a smoked savory quality. The tannins are nicely...

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Great Wines for Early Spring

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Great Wines for Early Spring

Wine Ratings These are the highest rated and best values currently available in the PLCB system. All wines are currently available in Philadelphia & it’s suburbs. Clos du Val 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley (Cali) For 40 years, this vineyard in the valley has been bottling top-notch Cabernet Sauvignon, and their mature craftsmanship shows. The same winemaking finesse shows in this bottle, too, so it’s surprising that this is only their second vintage of Sauvignon Blanc.  Pineapple, guava and wet grass aromas kick things off....

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Best Wine Buys in the PLCB Stores for Winter

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Best Wine Buys in the PLCB Stores for Winter

Wine Buys at the PLCB Stores   Victor Vineyards 2011  Roadside Red Fun little Zinfandel-based bottle from the town of Victor in California’s Central Valley. Red fruit, port-y raisins, licorice, and milk chocolate notes.  My current “house red” for everyday drinking. 88 Points  $8.99 (PLCB Wine Stores) Callabriga 2010 Dao A serious red from Portugal for very little money. A fistful of mineral and a gritty mouthful of tannin.  Ripe, dark fruit and Belgian chocolate appear as the wine opens.  Could be cellared for 5-7...

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Top Wines of 2014

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Top Wines of 2014

  Twenty Five of  the Top Wines of 2014 The top wines of 2014 from our wine tasting classes. These are the bottles that excited and challenged us this year. And these aren’t just the expensive bottles, either: there are plenty here in the $20 price range, and only a few topping  $100. All but one of the bottles are still available (as of this update).  We included the current price ranges for your benefit. #25. Locations NV “Corse”, Corsica A vermentino with textural complexity and beautiful quince and almond notes. One of be most...

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Feudi di San Gregorio 2007 Serpico

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Feudi di San Gregorio 2007 Serpico

Aglianico Wine Review Aglianico is an essential wine, creating some of the most expressive, complicated, and massive wines one can experience. I have reviewed the Serpico’s little brother the Rubrato recently, and for anyone looking for great value and an introduction to this bewitching grape, they should look there.  I have also reviewed wines from Feudi di San Gregorio on several occasions previously: here, and  here. . In Campania, this winery consistently  delivers high quality at a very good price point. What can I say? I’m a...

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Sella and Mosca 2005 Marchese di Villa Marina

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Sella and Mosca 2005 Marchese di Villa Marina

Sardinian Wine Review This bottle of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from 2005 is an excellent example of  a beautifully aged red. While in it’s youth, this bottle offers massive amount of fruit and aggressive tar flavors, it has turned supple and refined with age. On the nose,  jasmine, wild flowers, and game open into a note of eucalyptus.  Top notes of black fruit, honeysuckle, and firewood are juxtaposed to the porcini, horse hair and burnt orange elements that lie just underneath.  The finish turns toward rust and dark fruit. This wine is...

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Lanciola 2009 Le Masse di Greve Chianti Classico

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Lanciola 2009 Le Masse di Greve Chianti Classico

Chianti Wine Review A hedgehog playing in a pile of autumn leaves. This bottle starts off with a very specific wet fur-and-oak-leaf aroma that was both surprising and delightful. There is a question whether this was an element of brettanomyces  along with a dose of wood tannins, but that seems unlikely with a producer this well established. On the palate, a leaden element pushes through dark cherry, celery, and raspberry. The body is lush and forgivingly plump, like a hedonist in a prison cell. While that description may cause the reader to...

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Bertani 2009 “Villa Arvedi” Amarone della Valpolicella

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Bertani 2009 “Villa Arvedi” Amarone della Valpolicella

Amarone Wine Review Aromas of licorice and Cherry Coke on the nose with a shaving of bitter chocolate.  This is a very flirtatious aroma, with a hint of cardamom and white pepper beneath the surface. Then: flavors go big and texture go smooth and tannins go ripe. The structure is round and big and weighty. On the palate, this is medium to full bodied wine with a load of fresh cherries, a  hint of burnt clove, and a lush texture.  The finish kicks back the chocolate note and ends with a sleek spiciness. Wine Rating: 90 Points This is a very...

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Rocca delle Macie 2008 Ser Gioveto

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Rocca delle Macie 2008 Ser Gioveto

Super Tuscan Wine Review I often describe Italian wines like this as a conversation between Italian winemakers and wine drinkers in America. We ask for a taste of the old country, and they respond with a bottle like this. While it is thoroughly and completely Italian in style, it is also thoroughly understands the American love of Napa Valley, expensive oak and big bold flavors. It’s a cringe-worthy analogy, but I think comparing this wine to a  muscle car is spot-on.  Aromas of espresso, cuban cigars, and dark fruits turn jammy and...

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Erasmo 2009 Red, Maule Valley

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Erasmo 2009 Red, Maule Valley

Background European influence has always been a presence in the American wine trade. Up north the effect is more historic, but there are a few winemakers like Philippe Melka  still kicking about, making awesome wines. In South America, it’s a much more palpable influence. The last two decades have seen a great influx of European winemakers.  From Didier Cuvelier of  Chateau Léoville-Poyferré  to the Italian Count Francesco Marone Cinzano of Col d’Orcia estate in Montalcino. While Didier went to Argentina, the good Count Cinzano went  to...

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