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1994 J

The 1995 J, a Magnum, cost $90 then, has 12% alcohol and scored 17 points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20. Made in the traditional method…

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2016 River Walk Chardonnay

Only four years old, the 2016 River Walk Chardonnay from California had 13% alcohol, cost under $16, and scored a pleasant 15 points on the Dionysian scale of…

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MV Le Bois de Binson Champagne

With 12% alcohol, the Taillet Champagne Le Bois de Binson, scored 17+ Dionysian points out of 20. It was made from 100% Pinot Meunier (they just call it…

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2013 Banfi Summus

In the $50+ range, the 2013 Banfi Summus from Tuscany, has 14% alcohol and at only seven years old, it’s drinking quite well. It scored 18 gold medal…

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1966 Cos D’Estournel

A Second Growth Grand Cru from Saint-Estephe in Bordeaux, the 54 year-old Bordeaux, the 1966 Cos D’Estournel was holding well, and scored 19+ points on the Dionysian Scale…

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2014 King Estate Pinot Gris

  With 13.5% alcohol, the 2014 King Estate Pinot Gris from Oregon is one of my 375ml wines that I use for quick smaller meals.  It cost under…

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2009 Portal Reserva

Costing near $15, with a nice 14% alcohol, the 2009 Portal Reserva from the Douro in Portugal, scored 16+ points on the Dionysian scale of 20. It’s a…

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2008 Volver

A Spanish Single Vineyard wine, the 2008 Volver from La Mancha, has 15% alcohol, cost under $20, and scored 15 points on the Dionysian scale of 20. Filled…

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2015 Vega Sindoa Rosa’

At 13% alcohol, this delightful 2015 Vega Sindoa Garnacha Rose’ scored 15 points on the Dionysian 20-point scale. Garnacha (grenache in France) is, I think, the best grape…

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1982 Bruno Giacosa Barolo

Scoring 18+ points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20, and with 14% alcohol, the 1982 Barolo from Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa was bought on February 24,…