Thursday, October 31, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Washington Syrah - 2011 Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah

Charles Smith makes some great everyday wine, and this wine is often my go-to choice for enjoying some BBQ grub from Famous Dave's or elsewhere.  This will be my first taste of the 2011 vintage, so let's see what the latest release has to offer!

Wine: 2011 Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington State
Grape Varieties: Syrah
Obtained from: Purchased at Whole Foods
Price: $20.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Screw Top - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Wine is clear, with a dark purple center and a water white rim.
Aroma: Lots of blackberries and raspberries, along with vanilla and some earthiness.
Taste: Nicely balanced with a good amount of acidity, and soft tannins - nice and fruity!

The Grade: I give this one a B+. This is definitely a wine to drink now, and this vintage is similar to earlier vintages I've tried. This should be great to pair with BBQ, even with sweeter or spicier sauces. A touch too expensive for me, I would rank this more as a $15-ish wine, so for that reason it gets a bit of a lower grade.  I will still but this wine, as I can count on it to be consistently good vintage after vintage.

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