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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. 

Enzo Mecella Verdicchio

Enzo Mecella Verdicchio di Matelica "Pagliano", 2006, Le Marche Verdicchio is the sole white varietal of note in a region whose lush, well crafted red wines are slowly garnering adherants. Of the two DOC zones producing Verdicchio, Castelli di Jesi hard by the Adriatic is the more recognized, having come full cycle...
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Two Whiskey Suggestions

Two great whiskeys on the PLCB shelves this month. Henry McKenna is a fantastic old school Bourbon. It has all my favorite Bourbon terms on the front label: Bottled in Bond, Single Barrel and 10 years. And it's tasty, too. Good buy for $35.That second bottle is Forty Creek, which is a very good blended Canadian Rye...
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Chateau Saint Jean 2010 Chardonnay, Belle Terre Vineyard

This is an American classic Chardonnay.  Imagine a big ole' honey bear of a wine, dressed up in a tuxedo, but passed out on a feather bed. Golden and glossy in the glass,  it starts off with a perfumed aroma: ginger, fresh butter, and wild flowers.  On the palate, it turns dense. Sweet vanilla and butterscotch hit...
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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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Domaine Cordier 2011 St Veran “en Faux”

White Burgundy Wine Review Cordier is known as a modern winemaker in a region --Burgundy-- that more often than not values tradition. One of his signatures is a lavish use of new oak, which shows up on the nose of this Chardonnay. Lean and layered, this is a lovely wine and a very good value. Crushed stones, quince,...
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