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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.  

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Marques de Casa Concha 2014 Carmenere, Peumo

Carménère was the Cabernet Sauvignon of the 1820's, and Bordeaux was it's Napa. In the sweetness that is South America, Chile is now the new Napa. And Carménère is the new Cabernet Sauvignon. Also, we all thought it was Merlot until the DNA tests came in. Mind blown yet? This grape often comes off as aggressively...
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Cadaretta 2013 “SBS” Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley

Cadaretta Wines is a new winery with a long history; It was founded in 2008 as an offshoot of Anderson & Middleton, a logging company founded in 1899. Their wines follow the path that many great wines from Columbia Valley follow: toward France. In particular, toward refined but muscular Rhone and Bordeaux-style...
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Schild 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley

Schild has been producing some legit wines for some time now. There was a peak at 2011 where the wines got so intense they could blow the brain of a wine newbie. Seriously, minds were blown with the 2011 vintage. It's a good thing that the 2012 vintage stepped it back a bit. Pencil shavings and honeysuckle on the...
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Brandlin 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mt Veeder Estate

Want to know the secret to finding a wine that EVERYONE in the wine trade thinks is amazing? Find a wine that more than three prominent wine critics have reviewed. Hell, a wine that has three reviews is going to be a blockbuster, even if the reviews are poor. Why? Because statistics, that's why. There are over 25,000...
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Bodegas Ego 2012 “Infinito” Jumilla

Wow. Wow. WOW. It's hard to use words like unctuous without sounding like an idiot. It's hard to say brilliant and amazing and perfect without sounding like a dispossessed lover seeking salvation. It's also hard to write a coherent wine review when a tasting pour turns into downing half a bottle of this delicious...
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A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Zenato 2008 Ripassa Classico, Veneto

Zenato is a large scale operation near Lake Garda in northern Italy. Despite their size, the company has consistently put out excellent –if occasionally anodyne—wines in Valpolicella. Vintage after vintage, the Zenato Amarone is an excellent, highly sought after, and rather expensive wine. A personal favorite,...
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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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Chateau Gigognan 2009 Vigne du Regent Chateauneuf du Pape

Gigognan is a small producer with a short history; the winery was founded in 1996 by Anne and Jacques Callet in the outskirts of Chateauneuf du Pape.  While many of the well knows wineries are located near the town, Gigognan is located halfway to Avignon, in Sorgues.  While it may lack a posh zip code, it makes up...
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Domaine Henry Fessy 2007 Morgon

Take everything you ever though about Beaujolais and put it aside. This Beaujolais Cru is a standout, with structure, fruit, and terroir to burn. $13.99, and a blockbuster for the price.
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Rosenblum Cellars 2010 “Harris Kratka” Zinfandel

No matter it's pedigree, [link id="1407" tax="post_tag" text="Zinfandel "]is big, dumb and fun.  I don't mean that in a pejorative way. There should  always be a place for fun. This is the wine for unsophicated meals. I couldn't imagine a better wine for the smokiness of Texas pulled pork or the tang of...
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