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1990 Saintsbury Chardonnay

The 1990 Saintsbury Chardonnay, with 12.9% alcohol, and at 29 years old, was a cellar test of mine. The wine scored13 points on the Dionysian scale because it…

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1998 Gaja Barbaresco

Gaja is the master of Barbaresco and this 21 year-old example proves it. The 1998 Gaja Barbaresco, with 14% alcohol, savored with Dionysian Robert Bucknam, scored 19 points…

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2014 Koyle Costa Pinot Noir

With 14%v alcohol, the 2014 Koylle Costa Pinot Noir from Colchugua Costa at Paredones, Chile, it cost under $20, and scored 16+ points on the classic Dionysian scale of…

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2010 Folie a Deux Zinfandel

The 2010 Folie a Deux Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, has 14.3% alcohol, scored 16+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale, and cost about $15…

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1978 Chateau Boyd-Cantenac

Scoring 18 Dionysian points out of 20, this  12% alcohol Bordeaux from  the Margaux village was perfect. The 1978 Chateau Boyd-Cantenac, Grand Cru Classe, is a Third Growth…

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NV Champagne Domaine Bruno Gobillard

With 12% alcohol, costing $40, and scoring a positive 16+ points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20, the NV Domaine Bruno Gobillard Vieilles Vignes Champagne is…

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2014 Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc

From South Africa comes a 13.5% alcohol wine costing $15 and scoring 15+ points on the Dionysian 20-point scale. The 2014 Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc from the Point Cape…

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1997 Sartori Amarone

The excellent 1997 Sartori Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico scored 18 Dionysian points, a gold score; has 14% alcohol when they usually have 15%, and cost under $22 back…

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1985 Tinto Pesquera

The 1985 Tinto Pesquera Cosecha Propia Reserva was hand-carrried back from Ribera del Duero in Spain. It has 12.5% alcohol, scored a gold 18 Dionysian points on their 20-point…

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2016 Sharrott Chardonnay

At 12% alcohol, costing under $18, and scoring 17 excellent points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20, the 2016 Sharrott Winery Barrel Reserve Chardonnay is a…