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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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Copain Winery Sold!

(The Washington Post) There have been some dramatic acquisitions in the wine business the past several months. Most recently, Jackson Family Wines purchased Copain winery, a highly regarded boutique Sonoma County producer of syrah, pinot noir and chardonnay. In April,...

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Burgundy & Cognac Hit by Hailstorms

(Reuters) Severe weather, including hailstorms, caused serious damage at the weekend in some French wine-producing regions, notably Cognac where up to 8 percent of the vineyard has been badly damaged, producers said on Monday. Other regions hard hit where Chablis and...

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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

CrossBarn 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

The “CrossBarn” is remarkably similar to the “Paul Hobbs,” but at half the price. It is lush and dense with richly soft tannins, it stains the glass with a deep crimson. Full bodied, it offers up rich flavors of blackberry and burnt oak that are deeply embedded into a savory impression of fresh bay laurel and roses.

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Chateau Reynella 2004 Cellar No. One Shiraz Reserve

Chateau Reynella produces one of our favorite Australian Tawnies, and now, with this deep, dramatic Shiraz, they’ve won us over with their dry juice, too. Some producers, it seems, just have the magic touch no matter what they make.
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Chateau Clerc Milon 2005, Pauillac

With all the hoopla (or hooplah, if you’re feeling saucy) over the 2005 Bordeaux, prices haven’t been anywhere near the firmament since the big boys started publishing their barrel-sample notes. But this gem is still only $64.49 in the state, which is a helluva deal for a Spectator 95-pointer. Just make...
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Wines of The World, 7/22/08

Studert-Prum 2005 Wehlener-Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Mosel (GER) Discovery 2006 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough (NZ) Cousino-Macul 2006 Antiguas Reserva Chardonnay, Maipo (CH) Di Majo Norante 2006 Sangiovese, Molise (IT) Maysara 2005 Pinot Noir “Jamsheed”, Willamette Valley (OR) Montebuena 2005 Rioja (SP)...
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Feudi di San Gregorio 2007 Companaro

This is one of those wines that comes with a caveat: drink this now! It’s already hitting its peak, so don’t keep it around for more than a few months. However, it is delightful now. A southern italian white with a mineral-honey-cardamon matrix of flavors. This is really special, with a meyer lemon...
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