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1983 Puligny-Montrachet

With 13.4% alcohol, costing under $22 then, and scoring 19 points on the Dionysian scale of a 20, the 1983 Gerard Chavy Puligny-Montrachet, at  35 years old was…

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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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2014 Banfi Cuvee Aurora Rose’

Costing about  $30. with 12.5% alcohol, and scoring a fine 16 points on the Dionysian scale, the 2014 Cuvee Aurora Rose’ Brut from Banfi, is a Talento Metodo Classico…

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Simonsig Brut Rose’ & Brut

The 2015 Simonsig Brut Kaapse Vonkel South African sparkling wine, and its sister, the 2015 Simonsig Brut Rose’ Kaapse Vonkel both scored 17+ points on the Dionysian scale…

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2015 Belleruche Cotes-du-Rhone Rose’

The 2015 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes-Du-Rhone Rose’  has 13,5% alcohol, the maximum for a Rose’, cost under $15, and has peaked at three years. Strawberry  and red cherry…

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2017 Terrapura Pinot Noir

The 2017 Terrapura Pinot Noir from  Chile’s Itata Valley, has 13.5% alcohol, cost under $20, and scored 14+ points on the Dionysian scale. Its color was deep garnet,…

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1978 Bourgogne Blanc

What seems to be a simple French wine is not. With 11-14% alcohol, as they recorded it long ago,  cost $12 then, and scoring a nice 17 Dionysian…

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2010 Tournon Shiraz

At 13.5% alcohol, and owned by France’s Michel Chapoutier of Rhone Valley fame, the 2010 Tournon Victorian Shiraz Mathieda scored 16+ points on the Dionysian scale of a…

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1974 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

At 13.5% alcohol, costing under $12 back then, now worth $150, the 1974 Beauliew Vineyard Geroge Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, scored 18 gold-medal points on the Dionysian…

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2015 Chateau Laplagnotte-Bellevue

With 14.5 % alcohol, costing $33, the 2015 Chateau Laplagnotte-Bellevue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru scored 16+/17- points of the Dionysian scale of 20. 2015 Bordeaux are “must have” wines….