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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.

 

 

Redi 2009 Orbaio Toscano

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Redi 2009  Orbaio  Toscano

A beautiful balance of classic Tuscan Sangiovese and muscular Cabernet. Cocoa-dusted spice and lush dark fruit on the palate meld into tart cherry and mineral. Elements of anise and toast…

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Domaine Forca Real 2013 Cotes du Roussillon Villages

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Domaine Forca Real  2013 Cotes du Roussillon Villages

Split between two countries –France and Spain– Catalan winemakers share a skill in making powerful wines from scraggly old vines grown on craggy hills of shale.  This unoaked bottling is mostly Grenache, with some…

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Feudi di San Gregorio 2011 Primitivo di Manduria

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Feudi di San Gregorio 2011 Primitivo di Manduria

  Vibrant and exceptionally juicy, this Primitivo offers up simple pleasures with an elaborate flourish. The black pepper and pressed wild flowers open into tobacco smoke and ozone. Flavors drift from…

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Bersano 2010 Barolo Nirvasco

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Bersano 2010 Barolo Nirvasco

  Sauvage notes of roses and resin lightened by strawberry and mint. The deeply steeped tannins cut into a concentration of  tobacco and fennel. Managing that wonderful dance of Nebbiolo: intense…

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Castelli del Grevepesa 2010 Clemente VII Chianti Classico Riserva

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Castelli del Grevepesa 2010 Clemente VII Chianti Classico Riserva

An impressive Reserva that offers an increasing level of depth and verve. A classical note of leather ties together aromas of rusty iron and sandalwood. A hefty dose of gritty…

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The Annual Cabernet Hunt

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Around this time of year, the PLCB discounts a ton of luxury wines. These are typically orphans: older bottles with limited inventory spread across the state in various Wine &…

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Tintara 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale

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Tintara 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale

A great value for Cabernet, thanks to the “Chairman’s Selection” program. The bottle is packed with the kind of menthol-smooth structure that makes Cab Sauv’s a great dinner wine. Classic…

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Carpineto 2012 “Valcolomba” Merlot, Tuscany

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Carpineto 2012 “Valcolomba” Merlot, Tuscany

This wine starts off with dark berries and toasted almonds, with a whiff of diacetyl (that butterscotch smell so popular in chardonnay and so reviled in Heineken). There is a…

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Finca Flichman 2013 “Paisaje de Barrancas” Mendoza

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Finca Flichman 2013 “Paisaje de Barrancas” Mendoza

This is a growling beast of a wine, trained from birth to dominate the dining room table and chew up any wine glass it is poured into. The nose is…

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Maquis 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley

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Maquis 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley

A lush and delightful bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from one the world’s top Cabernet growing regions. Aromas of liquorice and sandalwood are accented by iron and fresh leather. On the…

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