Happy Saturday! Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of our latest wine club selection, the 2012 Eminent Archon Zinfandel. Now this Zin came from one of my favorite areas for the varietal, Lodi, California, so let's see if it lives up to its appellation!
The wine is a nice garnet color in the class with nice clarity. The nose presents an intriguing combination of floral aromas along with ripe berry fruit, blackberry, black plum and cherry intermingled with lilac and hibiscus. The taste is somewhat flat, with a bit of fruit up front that quickly gives way to a wave of pepper spice and smoke midpalate. The finish is subdued, as the fruit just seems to fade away into the sunset.
Overall, I would rate this wine a 7.5, it's nothing spectacular but a decent zinfandel, particularly given the price, as I bought this one from Wines Till Sold Out for just $10. Zins are usually my go to wines for things like barbecue as the smoke seems to complement it well, but tonight I am enjoying this wine on taco night! Yes, plain old beef tacos with a bit of pineapple habanero salsa, veggies and sour cream, yum!