The 2009 Jean Francois Merieau Le Bois Jacou is an old vine Gamay from the Touraine area of the Loire Valley. It's an old school, farmer wine that is full of personality. It's earthy, dirty in a good way, and loaded with edgy red fruit. It is a rather austere wine at first and needs some air to open up a bit.
The wine can be found at Tower on Piedmont for $14. If you like wine that tastes like it was made by real farmers, not mass-produced, industrial swill, this wine is for you. For the price, it's a pretty good value.