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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.

 

 

Baigorri 2010 Rioja Crianza

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Baigorri 2010 Rioja Crianza

If you ever visit Rioja –and I suggest you do– you will see this winery while driving between Logroño (where you MUST go for tapas) and Laguardia (the most beautiful town in Northern Spain). Designed by the architect Iñaki Aspiaz, the winery is an imposing marvel on a hill beyond the highway. Many years ago, I reviewed their 2005 Rioja Crianza  and much of  what I said there still holds true. This is a beautiful and modern Rioja that should be in your wine fridge.  Aromas of bay leaf and fresh violets give way to crushed rock and...

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Neil Ellis 2010 Shiraz, Elgin

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Neil Ellis 2010 Shiraz, Elgin

Elgin is a beautiful spot for winemaking in South Africa, just below Stellenbosch and a three hour drive from Cape Town. Neil Ellis is a very good producer, known for it’s light touch and varietally correct bottlings. This Shiraz is not in the Australian model, but American one. Lively and ripe, fresh red fruit opens into round but substantial tannins. Notes of smoke and burnt sage are balanced by white pepper in the finish. A fantastic value, too.

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Falesco 2012 Merlot, Umbria

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Falesco 2012 Merlot, Umbria

Riccardo Cotarella has been knocking out stellar Italian (and a few French) Merlot for decades. Very modern in style, this wine pushes the oak to center stage. Sweet vanilla, mocha, and clove permeated the soft plummy fruit flavors. Some licorice and cigar box in the velvety finish.  This is one of the top under $10 bottles I’ve seen in years.

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Senorio de Los Baldios 2009 Ribera del Duero Crianza

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Senorio de Los Baldios 2009 Ribera del Duero Crianza

A modern style of RdD that pushes the classic marriage of tempranillo and oak into a more risque  space.  Lush and full bodied sporting flavors of  melted chocolate and vanilla over dark cherry and currants.  A sharp stony edge keeps everything in crisp focus.  There is a lot of sex appeal with this bottling.

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Puramun 2012 “Reserva” Malbec, Valle de Uco

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Puramun  2012 “Reserva”  Malbec, Valle de Uco

Puramun is a new project by Jose Galante, one of the finest winemakers in Argentina. He was the man behind Catena Zapata from the 1970’s until a few years ago. Sourced from Uco Valley, this Malbec offers up all the classic Argentine Malbec notes (dark fruit, chocolate, soft tannins) along with plenty of frills and thrills. Toasted coconut and spice accent a savory combination of raspberry coulis and rose buds.

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Antonin Rodet 2010 Clos de Thorey 1er Cru

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Antonin Rodet 2010 Clos de Thorey 1er Cru

Thorey is a Rodet monopole in  Nuits Saint Georges, and one of their best bottlings. For the serious lover of Pinot Noir, this is a dramatic bottle of Premier Cru Burgundy that should be in your wine cellar. Its fragrance offers hibiscus and lapsang souchong. Its power and force is apparent in an opening of  dark fruit and impressive structure.  And it’s depth centers around crushed berry and broken earth.  Beautiful.

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Altocedro 2012 Malbec Reserva

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Altocedro 2012 Malbec Reserva

A bold, full bodied wine with lots of complexity. Aromas of smoky oak, vanilla, cola, black cherry, and spice. The palate pushes into mocha and cinnamon territory with a draping of dark fruit and forest fire. This is the big and lush and silky Malbec that anyone who loves Malbec with fall in love with: a classic Mendoza wine turned up to 11.  

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Twelftree Wines 2011 Grenache/Mataro

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Twelftree Wines 2011 Grenache/Mataro

This is a side project for Michael Twelftree, the owner of Australia’s Two Hands Winery, and a fantastic find in the PLCB system. The wine is sourced from two old vineyards in Barossa: Gomersal and Ebenezer, and it’s lineage shows. It’s a big bruiser of a wine, just like one would expect from Barossa, and as concentrated in it’s flavors as one would expect from any luxury-brand wine. That alone should earn it well-deserved fans. It is also quite beautiful and complex, as well. with layers of spice, game, ocean...

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Cune 2009 Rioja Gran Reserva

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Cune 2009 Rioja Gran Reserva

The wines of C.V.N.E. (or Cune) will always have a warm place in my heart. They are classical Rioja, and their Gran Reserva stands the test of time.  If you have the patience, this bottling will age gracefully for another decade. That said, it is drinking amazingly well today. Elegant and mineral driven, this Rioja brings fruit and tobacco together in a seamless marriage, backed with alba truffle and lavender.

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Coppo 2010 “Camp du Rouss” Barbera d’Asti

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Coppo  2010 “Camp du Rouss” Barbera d’Asti

From the Piedmonte region of Italy. The guy who owns this vineyard is a ginger, which is where the name “Camp du Rouss” comes from. In Piedmontese, “camp” means vineyard and “du rouss” means red hair. This bottle is destined for the carnivores dinner table. It has the structure and acidity to handle most meat-based dishes. And then there is the smoke. This is pure meat and bacon and charcoal and dark delicious fruit. I’ll be drinking this with BBQ,  short ribs and rotisserie chicken....

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