Med light garnet with no edge. Lightly staining. Beautiful rubber-band brier and tar comes in first and mellows to bright lilac, spice cake, sweet oak and deep Maraschino fruit. Light and vibrant–hitting hard in a couple places but overall so shockingly thin and unconcentrated I am blown away this is actually a Paso Zin.
Heads a bit flabby with considerable air but it is that wonderful Zinfandel prune-flab which… I dunno… let’s just call it baby-fat. It’s Zinfandel. It’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. This thing can’t be over 14-2. I have not had good luck with this producers wines–I started to go into detail here but let’s just say–EVER. I keep trying them and keep getting disappointed. But this particular Zinfandel is a winner. So light on its feet. I am very happy with this wine.
In the mouth, the dull acid turns almost immediately bitter, challenging the continuous fruit-stream. Green and tangy, seeped in Borkum Riff and tea leaves. I think there are several Eberle Zinfandel bottlings, and I do not know how common this one is, but look for it–if you like good Zin.
2012 EBERLE Zinfandel Steinbeck Wine-bush Cocavin Paso Robles 14-1