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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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Conceito 2012 “Contraste” Red, Douro (Portugal)

  The tension between tannin and acid is remarkable. This wine is tight as a guitar string, which brings a high toned musicality to the experience. A nose of crushed stone and white cherries warbles about, with the thunk-thunk of burnt vanilla just in the...
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Maison Nicolas Perrin 2013 Crozes-Hermitage (France)

The Northern Rhone it the ancestral home to Syrah, and it’s dominated by family-run wineries. Names like Chapoutier, Chave, Perrin, and Guigal top the family tree here. There used to be another, too: Jaboulet, which was sold in 2006. Nicolas Jaboulet has returned to...
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Rutini Encuentro 2014 Chardonnay, Uco Valley (Argentina)

Want a retro chardonnay? Something to enjoy while listening to Hall & Oates and noshing on some baked brie? Buy a case of this and get your freak on. Like many other Gen-Xers, I was introduced to wine in the 90’s, and that meant white wines were almost...
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Tudernum 2008 Montefalco Sagrantino

A classic Sagrantino with an intimidating style. Tobacco and cedar are the building material of this colossus. It is austere and muscular with the barest hint of fruit, some leafy plum buried under a thick layer of minerality. If there ever was a complete opposite of...
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Merryvale 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

2011  in Napa Valley was a difficult vintage. It was the year when using too much oak in the aging process turned the wine anemic and unpleasant. Many big name Napa wineries turned out duds in 2011. Not surprisingly, 2011 is  the least popular vintage since...
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A few wine reviews from our archives. 

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...
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Piccini 2008 Sasso Al Poggio, Tuscany

This style of  Tuscan wine is turning into the most popular with American wine drinkers looking for good value in Italian wines.  This is something of an irony: It wasn’t too long ago that blends of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot were dubbed “Super Tuscans” and sported high price tags. These blends...
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Cardeto Sangioivese

Cantina Cardeto “Rupestro”, 2005, IGT, Umbria Sangiovese is the most Italian of grapes, planted in almost every region and showing up in scores of classified wines, either on its own or in highly coveted (and high priced!) blends. It would be hard to find lovers of Italian wines who haven’t sampled...
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Chateau Bouscaut 2005 Pessac-Leognan

Extraordinary value for a Grand Cru Classé des Graves.. Exceptionally full bodied, this wine has the tannic structure and acidity to cellar for at least a decade. After being decanted for six hours, this wine began to offer up a bouquet of lilac and crushed stone with a burst of charred fresh fruit. On the palate,...
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Barone Ricasoli 2010 “Brolio” Chianti Classico

The Castello di Brolio (the castle of Brolio) has been in the Ricasoli family since the 12th Century. Two of the family’s top wines (they produce a  total of 11) are labeled as Brolio. The top luxury bottling is named “Castello di Brolio” which is their premier Chianti Classico, and this second...
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