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1975 Petrus

At 45 years old, this 12% example of the 1975 Petrus from Pomerol cost $28 back then, new releases are over $3,000 a bottle. It scored 19 points…

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2015 Desoerto25 Pinot Noir

The 2015 Desierto25 Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina, had 14% alcohol, the maximum I’d get for any Pinot Noir, cost under $20, and scored a pleasant 16+ points…

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1988 Chateau Cantemerle

Scoring 17+ points on the Dionysian scale, with 12% alcohol, and costing under $20 back then, the 1988 Chateau Cantemerle was delightful.  It’s from the Huat-Medoc (or upper…

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Mackensie Vintage Port 1922

The 375 ml of the 1922 Mackensie Vintage Port was 19% alcohol, scored 18+ points on the Dionysian scale,  and cost only $29 in 1973. The 98 year-old…

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1962 Chateau Pavie

Scoring 18 points on the Dionysian 20-point scale, cost $14 in 1970, with 12% alcohol, the 1962 Chateau Pavie 1er Grand Cru Classe’ Saint-Emilion held together quite well…

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2013 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

With 13.5% alcohol, scoring 17+ Dionysian points on its 20-point scale, and costing under $65, the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino from Banfi is rounding out at just seven…

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2016 Mazza Vineyards Gruner Veltliner

Costing under $20, with 12.5% alcohol and scoring 15 points on the Dionysian scale, the 2016 Gruner Veltliner Lake Erie from the South Shore Wine Company of Mazza…

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2011 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir

At nine years old, with 14.5% alcohol, the 2011 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, cost under $24 and scored a charming…

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1999 Arbor Crest Dionysus

Scoring 19 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale, the 1999 Arbor Crest Dionysus from Columbia Valley in Washington State, was soft as silk. At 21 years of age,…

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Rei do Minho Vinho Verde

With an easy drinking 9.5% alcohol, the NV Rei do Minho Vinho Verde scored 17+ points, and cost under $12 three years ago.  Vinho Verde is not green…