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Bring on the Boom Boom!

  • Tasting Date: 28 November 2013.
  • Country: USA
  • State: Washington
  • AVA: Columbia Valley
  • Vineyards: Milbrandt, Arete, Roza Hills and DenHoed
  • Varieties: 97% Syrah, 3% Vioginer
  • Vintage: 2012
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Production: 15,000 Cases
  • Paid: $14.95
  • Score: DRINK
  • Brief: Definitely good drinker at opening. Excellent option for dining out. Surprised how well this wine is drinking for a 2012. Ready to drink today and over the next 5 years. Full of Washington Syrah goodness and at a reasonable price. A recommended wine for those unfamiliar with Washington Syrah. Yeah, recommended for Syrah drinkers too!
  • Notes: Smooth, most of the flavor up front at opening, currant and canned plum. A little air and violets with bacon fat. Back palate had tar, black licorice. At 40 minutes peppery fruit lower note on the nose with some beef jerky and blueberry on the palate, long finish. At 50 minutes fresh tobacco added to the dancing nose. Interesting. At an hour the wine was 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.

Charles Smith 2012 Boom Boom! Syrah

2012 Charles Smith Boom Boom! Syrah

2012 Charles Smith Boom Boom! Syrah

Chilean Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite)

  • Tasting Date: 17 October 2013.
  • Country: Chile
  • State: Colchagua
  • Region: Colchagua Valley – see map wines of Chile
  • Vineyard: Viña Los Vascos
  • Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vintage: 2010
  • ABV: 14%
  • Closure: Nomacorc – see info on Nomacorc
  • Production: 250,000 – 300,00 Cases
  • Paid: $10
  • Score: BUY + HOLD
  • Brief: At the price of $10 this is a good buy. Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon managed by Lafite! This wine was most interesting after 2 hours. Hey, it’s a young wine, it deserves at least another year in the bottle. Your other option is to decant for 2 hours to enjoy today.
  • Notes: Clear garnet color, cherry, plum, oak on the nose. At opening it was tight, smooth, modest acid and tannin, short finish. Not a lot going on. With about 30 minutes exposure it had fresh cherry and a little heat on the palate. Okay, after 45 minutes it began to fill out, heat was gone, it was looking promising. It took an hour, but coffee and dark chocolate made a welcome appearance. Interestingly, barnyard floor on the nose, yep, hay along with some friendly farm smells. After 1.5 hours that barnyard blew off. Most interesting at 2 hours.

Los Vascos 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua, Chile,
Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite)


2010 Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon