The 2009 Charles & Charles Red Wine, Columbia Valley is an imminently gulpable red wine that should be enjoyed by everyone this summer over a BBQ grill, 4th of July fireworks show or campfire. A blend of 51% Cabernet and 49% Syrah, the wine shows a seriously dark color and features aromas of white pepper and tart blackberry on the nose. The tart blackberry flavors are reinforced on the palate where hickory smoke, cured meat Provencal herbs and light clove play a supporting role. Long, dusty, tannic finish. Although the blend is roughly equal parts Cabernet and Syrah, the Syrah seems to be dominating at this point. About $12
This wine is a collaboration between iconic Washington winemaker Charles Smith (of Charles Smith Wines and K Vintners fame) and value advocate Charles Bieler (Chateau Routas, Bieler Pere et Fils, Three Thieves). Enjoyed tonight with burgers from the grill and bacon-studded baked beans.