Flirty Bird 2012 Syrah

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Aldi: You don’t disappoint. You’re like the Triple Crown of Alcohol.

Let me explain what I mean there, and why Aldi’s Flirty Bird 2012 Syrah has a “Triple Crown of Alcohol” thing going for it.

Flirty Bird 2012 SyrahSee, you don’t want to spend too much, do ya? It’s okay to splurge, it’s okay to go buy a $50 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon if that’s your thing. But it’s not our thing – and we don’t think this site would have gotten the traction it has gotten so far if we focused on the $50 bottles.

But you also want something that DRINKS more expensively than it actually is.

This is why we focus on the three pillars to make up our Triple Crown: Taste, Profile, and Value.

It’s got to Taste good, that’s a given. But Profile is often overlooked – and that actually gets woven into the overall Metasip Grade. If the “profile” of the wine is “White Zinfandel,” then you have a certain level of expectation, right? (Cheap, watered down, flavorless, too sweet, etc.) And you would expect to pay…what…$6 for an enormous jug of the stuff?

Value, then, has a little something to do with Profile and Taste, too.

It would be easy to get an A grade here at Metasip if you had a dynamite White Zinfandel that tasted outstanding and only cost $1 for a bottle. But the odds of that happening are slim.

However, as you’ll learn in this review…the odds of Flirty Bird 2012 Syrah getting an A? Pretty good.

Flirty Bird 2012 Syrah Review

Taste

I was actually very impressed with this bold, dry, earthy Syrah. It took a few minutes – it needed to breathe – but once it did, it served as a great complement to steak. It was what you would expect from a big, bold Australian Shiraz, were you to pick one up from any of the Aussie providers. Read here for a review from the…unfortunately named…Terroirist website.

Sidebar: really, I know you’re trying to be cute over there, but it looks too much like a word that would get you on the NSA watch lists.

And, before we get back to the review, one other note. We can’t explain the difference between Syrah and Shiraz very easily, so let’s let someone from Popsugar do it. Here’s a link. Popsugar on Syrah vs Shiraz.

Anyway, this wine, IMHO, has a very Australian character to it…which segues nicely into the “Profile” section of the review…

Profile

IT’S FROM SPAIN????!!!!

Those extra exclamation points are warranted because – SHAME ON ME! – I didn’t actually read all of the label. I just saw “Syrah,” thought “Shiraz,” and said “cool! Australia!”

It’s from SPAIN.

This is totally unexpected. And a bonus, in my book, since I’m drinking something that has the profile you’d expect from Australia, but it’s not even from a country you’d expect to get THIS wine from.

Value

$4.99. A jaw-dropping price.

Metasip Grade: A

Yes, that Triple Crown. Tastes great, an expensive profile, and a VERY affordable price. I’m buying more.

 

Flirty Bird 2012 Syrah
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
  • Spectacular
$4.99
  • 5/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
  • 1 Review

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Review Summary:

Aldi has done it again. Not much more to say, go buy it all before we do.

Comments

  1. I love this wine! Just tried it today & I will definitely be buying more!

  2. Joe Leonard5 says5:

    Phenomenal wine for the price. Frankly, I will buy a bottle of cheap wine to see if it’s worth it. If not, right into the spaghetti sauce. I buy this stuff by the case and drink it like water. Wine is a very pretentious sport and this is the best revenge, a $4 (now it is!) bottle that drinks as well as if not better than most $50 bottles I’ve ever had. (God, you’re bit even buying it, you’re renting it!!!) And as the author states, a local sommelier told me that these wines should be pre opened two hours before servung so they can express themselves. (He told me what, but I forgot, other than that it allows long chains of something to create a better flavor. )

    I buy this buy the case for what snobs pay for a bottle. Don’t hesitate….

    • Dave Van de Walle says:

      Ah, Joe…I like your style!

      Also, I meant to snap a photo the last time I was there – but I think they’ve used the price increase (GASP) to upgrade the packaging.

      Cheers!

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