Syrah flourishes as Washington wine industry’s secret weapon

By on October 24, 2017

Charles Smith Wines 2014 Boom Boom! Syrah, Washington, $18

The iconoclast Charles Smith developed brilliant branding to grow his House Wine before selling that to Precept Wine. His Boom Boom! Syrah helped paved the way for Charles Smith Wines, among the programs he carved off last year to global giant Constellation. A look at some of the vineyard sources that go into the Boom Boom! explain how this juice is as appealing as it is – Art denHoed in the Yakima Valley, Milbrandt-owned Pheasant Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope, Gamache downstream near the Columbia River. Most range between 1,000 and 1,300 feet elevation, which adds to the acid profile, and Viognier (3%) adds to the color and nose. Aromas range from cherry jam and strawberry compote to dark chocolate, toast and bacon. Its structure is silky, jammy and juicy with supple tannins, blueberry acidity and a finish of black cherry and coffee. Suggested food pairings include Lamb Cutlets with Romesco, rich stews or roasted pork tenderloin. While the standard retail price is listed at $18, it’s not unusual to find the Boom Boom! on offer at several dollars less.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 42,000 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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