Boom Boom Syrah 2014

Review By Eric Tansey, CSW                                                                                                                             The Boom Boom Syrah is dark purple in color and is completely opaque with a heavy stain on the glass. Powerful aromas that remind me of a blackberry cobbler Yankee Candle, so a very concentrated scent.  Really comforting aromas. On the palate the wine has a full body mouth feel with luscious and juicy blackberry fruit characteristics. This wine is sensual and inviting with vibrant fruit up front, a subtle touch of barrel on the mid palate, and milk chocolate on the finish.  Very well crafted fruit bomb and a perfect crowd pleaser. Medium tannin and medium acidity bring structure and balance to the wine. Typically a wine this juicy would be flabby and without backbone, but Charles Smith never holds back…which is why he is a rock star. Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind Review – 90 points

Wine Spectator – 87 Points  


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Wine Selection –  Boom Boom Syrah 

Producer – Charles Smith Wines  

Vintage – 2014 

Style –  Full bodied red wine  

Varietals – 97% Syrah, 3% Viognier 

Region –  Columbia Valley 

Alcohol – 13.5%

Oak – No new oak, barrel aged on lees 

Suggested Glassware – Reidel Syrah Glasses

Food Pairing – BBQ, wet ribs, grilled veggies, grilled beef

What is Syrah ?

Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is a dark skinned grape that produces wines that are often fruit driven, peppery, and very unique. The grape is native to France, where it is called Syrah, and is stylistically different from Shiraz in Australia even though the grape is the same. This trend continues in the US in that if the wine resembles the French style they call it Syrah, and if it is more the Aussie style, it is called Shiraz.

So, what are the styles? The french style is typically very savory with less fruit characteristics and more bacon fat and “barn yard” characteristics, some even say they have aromas of sweaty horse hair…This may sound gnarly but in fact they can be very elegant wines. To really see this for yourself try a wine from the Northern Rhone region. In moderate regions like the northern Rhone in France and Walla Walla Washington in the US, Syrah is silky and meaty whereas in warmer climates, like the Barossa in South Australia or Paso Robles in California, the wine is juicy, fruit driven, and often described as jammy.

Syrah/Shiraz is often a medium to full bodied style of wine that has medium to high tannin and medium to medium plus acidity. This structure gives these wines great aging potential and the ability to pair with a wide range of grilled meats and veggies. From BBQ to steak, from grilled veggie kebobs to burgers and pizza, Shiraz will highlight these dishes and spark conversation at almost every price point.

Syrah/Shiraz is often used as a single varietal in a wine but is also very well known for its blending potential. You will often find these Syrah blended wines in the Cotes du Rhone region of Southern France and in Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre (GSM) blends in California, Australia, and South Africa. These wines are some of my favorite summertime red wines and are always a go-to on pizza and burger night in the Tansey household. Branch out and try some Shiraz, take a picture , share it with us on any social media platform and we may send you a treat. Cheers ! Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1