With 14% ABV (alcohol) and costing under $18, the special 290th Heritage Rhone Blend from Barton & Guestier scored 15+ points on the Dionysian scale of 20.
It is spicy pepper with red fruit notes from the 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache. It’s a non-vintage wine and seems to be at or near its peak.
Without a vintage date, it’s hard to know how old a wine already is when you buy it, but the ruby color told that it was not too old and had some age ability. In Vino Veritas.