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1997 Bottaccio

With 12.5% alcohol, the 1997 Bottaccio Rosso Conero , after decanting, continued to open for another half hour. It was earthy, truffle notes and had red fruits on…

1994 Graham’s Vintage Porto

At 20% alcohol, a pinch higher than normal, the 1994 Graham’s Vintage Porto scored 19 points on the Dionysian scale of 20. It cost under $50 then; today…

2018 Hidrangeas

Under $18, with 14% alcohol, and scoring 16 points on the Dionysian Scale of a possible 20, the 2018 Hidrangeas from the Douro Region in Portugal is still…

2014 Vento Vermentino

With 13.5% alcohol, the six year old 2014 Vento Vermentino Toscana scored 16 delightful points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20. This is a great food…

2013 Les Greves Beaune 1er Cru

With 12.5% alcohol, this young 2013 Les Greves Beaune 1er Cru Burgundy scored 17 points on the Dionysian scale of 20. It cost under $30 and should age…

1999 Wolf Blass Riesling

Costing under $8 back then with 11.5% alcohol, the 1999 Wolf Blass Gold Label Riesling from South Australia scored 14 points on the Dionysian scale. It was deep…

2008 Eroica Riesling

The 2008 Eroica Riesling from Michelle Loosen in Washington State has11.5% alcohol (hidden in tiny print on black along side the label as well as being a bit…

2015 Estate Argyros Assyrtiko

This yellow-golden white had 14% alcohol, (getting higher with each new vintage) cost under $16, and scored 16 points on the Dionysian scale. A worthy wine. The 2015…

1988 Chateau Baron de Pichon-Longueville

At 12.5% alcohol, and costing under $30 back then, the 1988 Chateau Baron de Pichon-Longueville scored 17+ points on the Dionysian 20-point scale. After decanting, it opened up…

1966 Cos D’Estournel

Costing $15 back then, the 54 year-old Bordeaux scored 19 points on the Dionysian scale of 20. The 1966 Cos D’Estournel from Saint-Estephe comes from a really great…