2015 L 10 Malbec

With 13.5% alcohol, the 2015 L 10 Malbec from Bianchi of San Rafael, Mendoza cost under $20 and scored a very nice 16 Dionysian points. It had black…

1985 Chateau Prieure-Lichine

At perfect peak, the 36-year-old Bordeaux scored 18 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. The 1985 Chateau Prieure-Lichine from Margaux is a Quatriemes Crue, a Fourth Growth from…

2009 Chassagne-Montrachet

This Premier Cru is usually a white Burgundy, but a small part of the vineyard area is planted with Pinot Noir. Quite rare. The 2009 Gagnard-Delagrange Chassagne-Montrachet had…

1985 Monsanto Chianti

The 1985 Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva had 13% alcohol, cost $15.90 on release, and scored 17+ Dionysian points. At 36 years old, the wine was silk. It opened…

2004 Brancott Sauvignon Blanc

From New Zealand’s Marlborough wine region, the 2004 Brancott Sauvignon Blanc, with 13% alcohol, costing under $15, and scoring an interesting 15+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale….

2016 Landmark Vineyards Chardonnay

The 2016 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay from Sonoma County scored 16+ Dionysian points out of 20, had 14.3% alcohol, and cost under $25 then. The color is already…

1971 Chateau De Malle Sauternes

Scoring an 18+ Dionysian points out of 20, and having 12.5% alcohol, the fifty-year-old 1971 Chateau De Malle Sausternes classified during the 1855 making of the Grand Crus…

2020 Silver Thread

The 2020 Finger Lakes’ Silver Thread Good Earth is a blend of Riesling and hybrids. It cost under $25 and has 12.4% alcohol, ideal for meals. The wine…

2012 Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay

With 13.5% alcohol, the 2012 Casillero del Diablo Reserva from Concha Y Toro in Chile was at peak at almost a decade old. It scored 16+ points and…

1982 Chateau La Pointe

Scoring 19+ points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20, the 39 year-old Pomerol had 12 % alcohol and cost under $25 back then. The 1982 Chateau…