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Charles Smith 'Boom Boom!' Syrah 2014

Washington, United States of America

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Eager-to-please premium Shiraz with soft tannins and softer acidity gently framing sumptuous flavours of blackberry, boysenberry, beef jerky, peppercorn, allspice, granite and sweet tobacco. What a wine! 

Try with Char Siu or sticky pork belly with Vietnamese salad and smashed peanuts.

Boom Boom Syrah (sorry - BOOM BOOM! Syrah) is made from, depending on year, around 97% Syrah co-fermented with Rhône stablemates Viognier and/or Mourvedre. No new oak is used. The grapes are grown mostly in the Columbia Valley wine region of Washington.

Hailing from "wine state" California's capital Sacramento, the young, curly-haired Charles Smith followed a woman to Denmark, where he spent nine years managing rock bands before seamlessly segueing to wine retail in Seattle. During a 1999 road trip that took in top Washington AVA (American Viticultural Area, or appellation/wine region), Walla Walla, he discovered his passion for Syrah, and was moved to begin making his own juice. The ultimate result, Charles Smith Wines (estd. 2006), is described as a "modernist project,” which recognises the way people consume wine today: immediately!

Washington, on America's northern Pacific coast, makes more wine than any other state bar California. Most wines originate in the state's hot, arid, eastern part, which sits behind a rain shadow caused by the Cascade mountains. Viticulture is possible only because of irrigation via a network of local rivers. Washington's high latitude of 46°N gives seventeen hours of sunlight daily in summer – two more than California! Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah are the main varieties grown.

Alcohol: 13%
Style: Classic, complex, savoury
Closure: Screwtop
Drink by: 2020



Wine Spectator

"Fresh and supple, with a beet edge to the berry and lime flavours ... drink now!”

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