If there's a better value in a basic, red wine than E. Guigal's Cotes du Rhone I would love to find it. This wine from the 2010 vintage is packed with flowers, fruit and earth and has almost perfect balance. It's also consistent from year to year as other vintages have been almost the same. And they do this for less than $15. Simply amazng.
After pouring the first glass the rest went into a decanter for a little more than an hour while dinner was working. The tightness was gone by the time the steak hit the plate and the wine was making some beautiful music with the beef. The acid and tannin cleared the palate between bites and sips. The evening was long and wonderful.