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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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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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Castelli del Grevepesa 2010 “Clemente VII” Rosso

Castelli del Grevepesa offers two wines with the name ” Clemente VII ” this bottling and the Chianti Classico. This wine is a Super Tuscan, a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Syrah. It is a modern and supple and smooth as any Napa Cabernet. It is far...
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Masi 2011 “Campofiorin” Rosso del Veronese

This 2011 bottling is a fantastic example of a Ripasso style wine from Northeast Italy. Lavender and fresh fennel on the nose with a whiff of burnt vanilla. Dense tannins prop up lively dark fruit flavors. There is a background of savory elements and the finish melts...
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Guigal Cotes du Rhone

This bottle is a bit of essential wine knowledge. At least once a quarter, I pop open this wine to introduce our students to the Cotes du Rhone region of France.  Vintage after vintage,  this has been a go-to bottle.   I don’t even think about it anymore, I...
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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Global Wine Studies: France, 11/06/08

Dom. Bernard Defaix 2006 Chablis Cote de Lechet, 1er Cru, Burgundy Jean-Claude Chatelain 2004 Pouilly Fume, Loire Benedicte de Ryck 2004 Jasnieres “Cuvee Louise”, Loire Faively 2003 Mercurey “Clos de Myglands”, 1er Cru, Burgundy Frederic Mabileau 2006 St.-Nicolas-de-Bourguiel “Les...
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Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils 2006 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

When we opened the 2004 vintage of this wine in our Advanced France course last winter, it was one of the highlights of Southern Rhone night. The 2006 exhibits everything you’d expect from this still-reasonably-priced part of the world: Ripe fruit, mushrooms, flowers, spice–it’s all there and then...
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Director’s Cut….Piedmont and Tuscany, 1/26/08

Masciarello Freisa “Toetto”, 2001 Piemonte Paitin Barbera d’Alba “Serra Boella”, 2003 Piemonte Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva “Vigna Bucerchiale”, 2003 Toscana Antinori Chianti Classico, 1999 Toscana Orlando Abrigo Barbaesco “Vigna Montersino”, 2001 Piemonte...
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Koyle 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Royale, Colchagua Valley

Chilean wine review Colchagua Valley has always been my first choice for Cabernet Sauvignon in Chile. This bottle proves that’s a good habit to keep up. This is the first time I have tasted a bottle from Koyle, and I am going to be keeping an eye out for this producer. This bottle offers quality well above...
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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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