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1974 SIMI Cabernet Sauvignon

Scoring 19+ points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20, with 13% alcohol, and costing exactly $18.56 when I got it in 1980, the wine was still…

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2001 De Loach Zinfandel

The 2001 Russian River Valley Estate Bottles De Loach Zinfandel has 14.5% alcohol, cost just over $16, and scored a very nice 16+ points on the 20-point Dionysian…

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1975 Sonoma Vineyards Zinfandel

The 1975 Zinfandel from Sonoma Vineyards was part of their Western Frontier Collection; the Frederic Remington (the artist and after the rifle). It had 12% alcohol, cost $6.67at the…

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2006 Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay

At 12 years old, the 2006 Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay scored 16+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale.  The wine is at peak.  It’s 13.9% alcohol, printed as…

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2010 James Mitchell Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2010 James Mitchell Cabernet Sauvignon is Estate Grown in Lodi, California. It had 13.8% alcohol, low for Lodi, and was produced and bottled at the winery in…

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1987 Kenwood Cabernet Sauivignon

Scoring 18 Dionysian points out of 20, the 1987 Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series from Sonoma County, cost under $20 back then. It has 12.8% alcohol, which is…

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2012 Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon- Jack London

The 14.5% alcohol, the under $25 cost, and a Dionysian score of 17+ out of 20, makes this 2012 Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon from the Jack London Vineyard on…

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1989 Far Niente Chardonnay

Scoring 17+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale, this 28-year-old 1989 Far Niente Chardonnay from the Napa Valley,  had 13.5% alcohol, and cost nearly $20 back then.  Buttery…

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1989 Far Niente Chardonnay

The 1989 Far Niente Chardonnay from Napa Valley has 13.5% alcohol, cost about $20 then (expensive at the time) and scored 17 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale….

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1997 Bernardus Chardonnay

At 13.5% alcohol and scoring 15 points on the Dionysian scale of 20, the 1997 Bernardus Chardonnay from Monterey County was a bit tired. The winery is in…