If you have been following the last several posts you will know I went on a California adventure with my son. Apart from the two wineries that we visited, I made sure I was stocked with wine for each evening. I was super excited to find numerous different Charles Smith wines, of which we cannot seem to get on the East Coast. This was actually the second bottle that I opened. The first was a Charles and Charles Merlot, out by the hotel fire pit while my son was making s’mores. I took no notes, just enjoying the moment of father/son time and relishing the fresh evening breeze of the Monterey Peninsula. The Boom Boom is a Syrah from Washington State with pretty purple hues and a nose of candies, plum and oak. Whilst not my favorite profile it appeals to many so I will not let that detract from the score. A gentle entry of plum sorbet and dark cherry with a touch of heat. It’s a very easy drinker with slight tannins and a hint of acidity. This is an everyday drinker that will please many when paired with burgers, beef brisket, even barbecued chicken with a tangy sauce. 88 points from me and therefore 3 stars for this $17 effort. Salut….