Thursday, November 28, 2013

Virtual Tasting - Charles Smith 2012 Boom Boom! Syrah @KVintners

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Tuesday evening was the November 2013 Virtual Tasting.
Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan) hosts these monthly virtual tastings.

This months Virtual Tasting wine was the 2012 Boom Boom! Syrah. The tasting took place on Tuesday November 26th from 7-8 pm Pacific. We used the hashtag #CharlesSmith for our tweets.
"Go buy this one before it is all gone."
William Pollard, Wild 4 Washington Wine

General Notes from the Virtual Tasting:
  • Label positively received by everyone. Easy to spot on the shelf.
  • No one had a problem with the screwtop. We all hate corked wine.
  • No rough edges with the wine. Smooth and enjoyable.
  • 2012 is a good vintage. Stock up now before the rush.
  • A unanimous BUY for this wine tonight. We all enjoyed it.

My Tasting Notes - 2012 Boom Boom! Syrah:

Color: Dark purple.
Nose: Dark fruit, funk, mushroom, smoky.
Palate: Smooth, most of the flavor up front at opening, currant and canned plum. 
Timeline: Integrating...violets and bacon fat...filling in back palate, tar, black licorice...only 15 minutes and this wine pulled together. After 30 minutes lip smacking occurred. At 40 minutes Peppery fruit lower note on nose with some beef jerky, blueberry on the palate, long finish. At 50 minutes some fresh tobacco added to the nose, shifting and dancing around a bit too. Very interesting. After an hour plush, back palate and cheeks full of flavor - dark fruit, smoky, tobacco, plum, blueberry with a big finish, gently dry on the gums, integrated acid. BIG LIKE. Recommended.

Definitely good drinker at opening. Good option for dining out.

Thoughts: Okay, that was fun. I am surprised at how well this wine is drinking for a 2012. It is certainly ready to drink today and over the next 5 years. Packed full of Washington Syrah goodness and priced where I like it. This is a crowd pleasing wine for Syrah fans. It is also a good introduction for those unfamiliar with Washington Syrah. Go buy this one before it is all gone.


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2012 Boom Boom! Syrah
Blend: 97% Syrah, 3% Vioginer - Milbrandt, Arete, Roza Hills and DenHoed vineyards.
ABV: 13.5%
Closure: Screw cap
Paid: $14.95
Production: 15,000 cases

Charles Smith Wines
35 South Spokane Street
Walla Walla, WA USA
509.526.5230
FAX 509.526.5267
www.charlessmithwines.com

*Bonus: Watch a video made by a fan of the Boom Boom! Syrah.



These Virtual tastings take place on twitter, once a month. You need to supply your own bottle and tweet with everyone about the wine at the same time.

What you need to do to participate is:

1. Buy this month’s wine from a local retailer or direct from the winery.

2. Have a twitter account.

3. Tweet your comments about the wine on Twitter between 7 and 8pm Pacific on the specified date using the hashtag supplied by Washington Wine Report. For those on Twitter, follow @wawinereport. 

I began attending these virtual tastings last year. Truly a lot of fun and another way to connect with like minded souls. Good sensory and palate exercise too. 

For my tweets you can follow me @wild4wawine.

Cheers!