January 14, 2009
Boom Boom! 2007 Columbia Valley Syrah, about $15
Charles Smith used to manage rock bands before he made his way to Washington’s Walla Walla Valley and started making wine. Now he’s working on what he calls his Modernist Project—a line of wines that “focuses on the way people generally consume wine today: immediately!” Boom Boom fits that bill exactly: it’s a mouthful of fresh, lively syrah fruit flavor, a jam pot of juicy plum fruit with a whiff of violets. And, despite its name, it’s not a fruit bomb. At 13.5% alcohol, you can taste your food through it, and walk a straight line after dinner.