Established in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, this historic domaine is one of the leading wineries in the Rhone Valley. Traditional in its vinification techniques, Guigal has been lavished with praise by the most esteemed voices in the industry. While best known for their single-vineyard Cote-Rotie, the other appellation wines offer great value and insight as to what makes the firm so special.
E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2012, Southern Rhone ($16.99): 50% syrah, 45% grenache, 5% mourvedre. This Cotes-du-Rhone is unique in its high composition of syrah and the two full years it spends in barrels. Dark, brooding, and complex, with aromas of raspberry, black pepper and minerals.
E. Gugial Crozes-Hermitage 2012, Northern Rhone ($22.99): First produced in 1999, this has become a textbook Crozes-Hermitage. With notes of strawberries, raspberries and dark cherries, this medium-bodied red has a savory and mineral-driven core that pairs well with any game, grilled meat, or roast.