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1985 Conte Molini Gattinara

At 12.5% alcohol, costing under $16 back then, the 1985 Conte Molini Gattinara scored 17 Dionysian Points out of a possible 20. It was loaded with fresh road…


2004 Peninsula Cellars Riesling

With 10% alcohol, the 2004 Peninsula Cellars Semidry Riesling, from Traverse City, Michigan scored 17 points on the Dionysian 20-point scale. It cost under $20. The wine held…


Quinta Do Noval 1974 Porto

Scoring 18+ Dionysian points, the 1974 Quinta Do Noval Colheita Porto cost cost about $45 when it was bottled in 2001, now worth $225. It has 20.5% alcohol,…


2004 Notios Greek White

At 16 years old, the high acid Greek whites held together well. The 2004 Notios Moshofilero & Roditis white from the Peloponnisos Region had 12% alcohol, cost under…


1944 Royal Oporto

With 20% alcohol, the 1944 Colheita Royal Oporto, scored 19 points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20. It cost about $55 twenty-five years ago when my…


Camus XO Cognac

Costing over $100, but can take a year to drink, the Camus XO Cognac is just what a wine lover needs on a snowy, or ice cold evening. …


2016 Bridao Reserva

With 15% alcohol, costing about $22, the Portuguese Tinto  2016 Bridao Do Tejo  Reserva scored 16+ Dionysian points.  It is young. It has a bit too much alcohol,…


2013 Carpineto Chianti Classico

With 13.5% alcohol, costing under $24, and scoring 17+ Dionysian points, the 2013  Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva was excellent. Cherry, laced with ripe tomato and herbs, the wine…


1990 Chateau Pichon Lalande

The 30-year old Bordeaux, 1990 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande from Pauillac, in Bordeaux’s Medoc, scored 19 points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20. With…


2002 Gallo of Sonoma Pinot Noir

At 13.9% alcohol, (probably mid 14’s) and costing under $15, the 18 year-old 2002 Gallo of Sonoma Pinot Noir Reserve scored 11 points on  the 20-point Dionysian scale….