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2000 Hugel Gewurztraminer

The 2000 Hugel Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive from Hugel & Fils, in the Alsace region of eastern France, scored 19 Dionysian points out of 20. It  has just 12%…

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2002 Cline Viognier

California was a little crazy back in 2002, so the Cline Viognier has 15% alcohol. The back label said to drink within two to three years; not 18…

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2013 SoMek Chardonnay.

The 2013 SoMek Estate Winery Chardonnay from Zichron-Ya’akv, Israel  had 13% alcohol, cost undr $20, and scored a nice 16+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. I aged…

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1999 Heliopoulos

Scoring 16+ Dionysian points, with 14% alcohol, and costing under $15, the 1999 Heliopoulos Vineyards Oak Aged Dry Wine from Santorini, Greece, showed extremely well. At 21 years old,…

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1979 Cote-Rotie

The 1979 E. Guigal Cote-Rotie Cotes Brune et Blonde had 13% alcohol. It cost only $20 then, now worth a few hundred, and it scored 18+ points on the…

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2013 Concha y Toro Malbec

Costing about $17, with 14% alcohol, and scoring 17 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale, the 2013 Concha y Toro Grand Reserva Malbec, from Marchique, Chile  is just…

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2011 Leese-Fitch Pinot Noir

The 2011 Leese-Fitch Pinot Noir from California has 13.5% alcohol, cost about $15, and scored a nice 15 points on the Dionysian scale.  At nine years old, it…

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1983 Savigny-Les- Beaune

All Burgundy is good – some are remarkable. The 37 year-old 1983 Joseph Drouhin Savignyu-Les-Beaune, cost under $20 back then, had 12.5% alcohol, and scored 18+ points on…

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1982 Chateau Lagrange

From Saint Julian in Bordeaux, with 12.5% alcohol,costing now about $225 for the Magnum, this 1982 Chateau Lagrange, at 38 years old scored 19 points on the Dionysian…

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2010 Corte Pavone Brunello

With too much alcohol, 15%, and costing near $45, the 2010 Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino, from a super-great vintage, scored 18 Dionysian points. It should have scored…