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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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Antica 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak

Our Level IV Sommelier candidates were required to submit tasting notes for several wines, including the fantastic Antica 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak in Napa Valley. Yeah, hard times. We're setting up a GoFundMe account for their recovery. It's time to vote for your favorite review. To participate, read...
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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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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Carmen Grifoll-Declara 2006 Tossals, Monstant

A deeply and profoundly delicious wine. It manages to have the luxurious depth of a feather bed and an operatic expanse of fruit under a canopy of rust and granite. As rich as fresh cream, this wine offers a finish of dark chocolate, cedar, and white truffle oil.
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Pillar Box 2008 Red

For a wine so damn cheap, a lot of rock star winemakers have been attached to this project. For the geeks, that means Aussie powerhouses Kim Jackson and  Chris Ringland, for starters. For the rest of us all there is to ask is WHY? Well, you don't  even need to ask that question, just WHERE CAN I BUY IT? This is one...
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Castelli del Grevepesa 2011 “Clemente VII” Chianti Classico

This Tuscan co-op winery is making a habit of featuring its wines in the Chairman's Selection. I am not complaining. The 2010 Chianti was amazing and their super tuscan was a great buy, too. If anything, the 2011 is even better. This is an old school style of Italian wine. There isn't any chocolate or vanilla...
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Erna Schein 2006 Petite Sirah

California Wine Review A bruisingly fun and deeply rich wine from the Spring Mountain AVA in Napa Valley. It is also pleasantly bruising. Possibly even richly deep. Like all Petite Sirah, this isn't a thinking man's wine. It's more of a NSFW video on Tosh.0. A thick drape of purple, a velvet Elvis of epic magnitude....
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Coufran 2003 Haut Medoc

One of the best values right now. Ripe and rich black fruits on the palate finish into eucalyptus and vanilla bean. On the nose, hibiscus flowers.
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