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, it is perfectly legal to drink.  It’s made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. The Franc shows its rose pedal and the blueberry notes come from the Merlot.


It was featured at the 203 Dionysian Gathering where I thought it needed 10 years. I bought a few for under $20 and aged them. This is my last one.

It’s a Meritage Red, made to be like Bordeaux, and it was. Long clean fruits coated your mouth and  and made the steak and sweet potato taste even better than normally. At 13,5% alcohol, and mature, I wish I had more of thee to share with fellow Dionysian Society members. In Vino Veritas.