By Kori ~ April 8th, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2007 Boomtown Syrah from the Columbia Valley of Washington State.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Boomtown is the entry level value brand produced by Dusted Valley Vintners. Dusted Valley Vintners, located in Walla Walla, Washington, was founded in 2003 by brothers-in-law Chad Johnson and Corey Braunel who are co-owners and co-winemakers. Both Chad and Corey are originally from Wisconsin and are proud cheese-heads. In fact, they bring a bit of Wisconsin to Dusted Valley by using barrels made from Wisconsin oak to age their wines. Last summer, they opened a new tasting room in Woodinville near the Hollywood Schoolhouse for those on the west side of the mountains who cannot make frequent trips to Walla Walla.
If you live in Washington or visit the state, I encourage you to put one of the Dusted Valley tasting rooms on your must-visit list. You won’t find a stuffy, uppity attitude but rather friendly, welcoming folks with a good sense of humor. Their wine club is known as the Stained Tooth Society with new members receiving a logoed toothbrush when they join.
2007 Boomtown Syrah (Columbia Valley, Washington): 96% Syrah, 2.4% Mourvedre, and 1.6% Barbera. Deep, purplish red. Tangy red fruits, pomegranate, and a hint of gaminess come through on both the nose and palate. Good acidity. Well-balanced with a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $15; Available elsewhere, $13 to 15
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Shiraz/Syrah, Washington State Wine, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25