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2014 Simonsig Pinotage

For under $25, with 14.1% alcohol, the 2014 Simonsig Pinotage Redhill from Stellenbosch in South Africa scored 15+ Dionysian points. It has baked cherry pie, spice, and a…

2018 Geyser Peak Chardonnay

Costing $14.99, with 13.5% alcohol, and scoring 16+ points on the Dionysian 20-point scale, the 2018 Geyser Peak Chardonnay is a Best Buy. Golden straw in color with…

2017 Damilano Nebbiolo

Scoring 15+ Dionysian points, with 14% alcohol (hidden with blue ink printed on black), the 2017 Damilano Marghe Langhe Nebbiolo had rose pedal and light red fruits on…

2018 G.D. Vajra Barbera D’Alba

With 13% alcohol, the 2018 G.D. Vajra Barbera D’Alba scored 16+ points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. It cost udder $17 and had front, middle, and a back…

2019 Villa Della Rosa Barbera D’Asti

With a very nice 12.5% alcohol and costing under $16, the 2018 Villa Della Rose Barbera D’Asti once again proved that Asti Barbera is lighter and more acidic…

1983 Drouhin Nuits-Saint-George

Burgundy’s Pinot Noir at its best. The 37-year-old 1983 Joseph Drouhin Nuits-Saint-George scored 18+ points on their 20-point Dionysian scale. It had 13% alcohol, and cost under $20…

1983 Chalk Hill Chardonnay

With 13.3% alcohol, and costing under $15 back then, this bottle, unlike another one of the same vintage and case, did not hold up. This 35 year-old 1985…

1983 Jekel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The 37-year-old 1983 Jekel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve from the Home Vineyard in Arroyo Seco has 13.5% alcohol, tobacco, oak, spicy black fruits and after decanting, a…

2013 Baldassarre Toscana

with 13.5% alcohol, costing under $19, and scoring a good 15+ points on the Dionysian scale of 20, the 2013 Baldassarre Toscana is a good dinner red. Orange-amber…

2014 Fattoria di Faltognano Chianti

Scoring a pleasant 16 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale, and costing under $15 with an ideal 13% alcohol, the 2014 Fattoria di Faltognano Chianti was a smart…