Why to buy: A critically acclaimed Cotes du Rhône for under $15 is nearly unheard of. Open one bottle at next weekend's barbecue with that dry-aged steak, bring another as a gift for your summer share's host, and cellar the third for up to a decade.
Nose, palate and pairing: Medium-bodied and dry, this wine’s rich aromas of chocolate and toasted coffee beans, notes of juicy black mountain fruits, and soft, silky tannins pair gorgeously with farmhouse foods famous in the Rhône Valley: grilled beef and lamb, grassy goat cheeses, and springy salads.
Appelation: Rhône Valley, France
Grapes: 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah
Terroir: Pebbly red and yellow clay, Southeast-facing
Method of production: Grapes are hand-harvested in early September, and aged separately: Grenache in concrete and Syrah in oak barriques. The resulting wine has a subtle touch of oak.
Brand: Gilt Wine