What: Syrah, Carignage, Grenache, and Tempranillo
Where: Mendocino, California
Why: Red blends of all kinds are flooding the U.S. wine market. They are increasing in popularity with sales growth second only to Moscato. Like many mass-market wines, Flirt has a very eye-catching label targeting women – easily spotted at our local Ralphs grocery store. That being said, the wine delivers and shouldn’t just be chalked up as another gimmick.
On first taste, Flirt certainly gives you almost everything you’d want in a $10 quaff. Its nose is fairly subtle with hints of cranberry and a slight Robitussin scent. It has a balanced structure with decent acid and some black pepper on the back palate. Boysenberry and plum can be found easily mixing in the mouth as cherry follows on the finish. Flirt lives up to its name. Once the initial delight of flavor passes over your tongue, it fades away quickly. Its taste is seductive but leaves you hanging, a perfect tease.