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1971 Marchese Villadoria Barbaresco

At 13% alcohol, the 1971 Marchese Villadoria Barbaresco cost under $15 back then and today scored 17+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. Rose pedal, herbs, sweet road…

1970 Chateau Haut-Batailley

Scoring a gold 18+ points, the 51-year-old Bordeaux had 12.5% alcohol and was bought in December of 1976 for under $24. The 1970 Chateau Haut-Batailley was ruby-brick with…

1970 Chateau LaLagune

I got this one on February 5, 1978 and with 12.5% alcohol, costing under $21 back then, the 1970 Chateau LaLagune of the Haut-Medoc scored 16+ points on…

1988 Chateau Cantemerle

From the Haut-Medoc, the 33-year-old Bordeaux scored 18+ points on the Dionysian scale and had 12.2% alcohol. It cost under $20 back then and was still deep ruby…

1970 Chateau Verdignan Haut-Medoc

With 12% alcohol, the 1970 Chateau Verdignan cost under $18 back then and scored a fine 16 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. All brick in color with…

1970 Chateau Cos Labory

The Grand Cru 1970 Chateau Cos Labory from Saint-Estephe in Bordeaux had 11.5% alcohol. After decanting, it was very soft, had decent color with shades of ruby and…

MV Billecart-Salmon Champagne

At 12 % Alcohol, the Multi-Vintage Champagne Billecart-Salmon scored 17+ Dionysian Points and cost about $45 for a 750ml bottle. Their Rose’ is a great Rose’. This Champagne…

2016 La Pettegola Vermentino

For under $20, the 2016 La Pettegola Vermentino from Italy’s Banfi has a perfect 12.5% alcohol, mineral and citrus notes in the nose and ideal acidity for sea-food….

2016 Gustave Lorentz Gewurztraminer

With 13.5% alcohol, high for this grape, and costing under $18, the 2016 Gustave Lorentz Gewurztraminer Reserve scored a pleasant 15 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. It…

2016 Barboursville Fiano

The 2016 Narboursville Vineyards Fiano Reserve from Virginia scored 17+ poijnts onthe Dionysian Scale of a possible 20. This great Italian grape has more fruit and flavor in…