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…

2003 Chateau Talbot

With 13% alcohol, the 2003 Chateau Talbot from Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, scored 17+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. It cost under $30 then. Just 18 years old, but…

1990 Dievole Chianti

The 31 year-old 1990 Dievole Dieulele Chianti Classico had 12.5% alcohol, cost under $20, and scored 18 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. Keith Bader introduced me to…

2011 CHATEAU RAUSAN GASSIES

With 13% alcohol, and costing under $35, the 2011 Chateau Rausan Gassies was corked. There’s no score for a faulty wine. This Second Grand Cru Classe’ in the…

1973 Modavi Cabernet Sauvignon

The 48 year-old 1973 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley in Oakville scored 17 excellent Dionysian Points out of 20. It cost $6.30 back then as the…

1988 Chateau Pichon Baron

Costing under $30 back then, the 1988 Chateau Baron de Pichon-Longueville had 12.5% alcohol, and scored 18 points on the Dionysian scale of 20. A gold medal for…

2001 Sauvage

The 20 year-old Chardonnay may look over the hill, but it wasn’t. The 2001 Franciscan Oakville Estate Sauvage with 14.1% alcohol, scored 16+ Dionysian points on its scale…

2009 Chateau Siaurac

From a very good vintage, the 2009 Chateau Siaurac from Lalande de Pomerol has 14.5% alcohol, a bit high, cost under $24, and scored 17- silver medal points…

1970 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild

Why not now? The 51 year-old Bordeaux cost just $24.95 when released. I split a case with Dionysians Phil Mazzoni and Joe Ingemi. The 1970 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild scored…