I love that one of my favorite wine shops has a super helpful employee who just recently moved to the US from France. I constantly pick his brain regarding what French wines I should cellar and what wines are great bargains ready to drink now. Recently, he recommended 2007 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône as being a wine that really offered a lot of quality for the price. The wine, a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre, retails for around $12 and drinks like it cost 2 to 3 times as much.
The nose has rich aromas of blackberries and tobacco. The palate is impressive in its depth and sophistication. Smooth and silky with notes of dark berries, plum, coccoa, and pepper. A really nice wine for the price! Pick up a few bottles and you won’t feel guilty drinking it midweek or serving it to friends on the weekend. Pair with lamb or beef. (B+)