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This week we are pleased to offer another wine from Paso Robles pioneer Eberle Vineyards, this time showcasing their flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from 30 year old vines from the Eberle Estate Vineyard. Paso can be a great source for less expensive Cabernet, and while the Paso heat can sometimes result in an over the top wine, the cooler 2006 combined with Gary Eberle’s light touch in winemaking resulted in a wine that while very rich, is also beautifully balanced.
Deep garnet in color, the 2006 Eberle Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has powerful aromas of black currant, cherry, pomegranate, plum, baking spice and a hint of vanilla. The palate shows earthy notes more common in cooler climate Cab, along with plenty of cherry and berry fruit, and a touch of cocoa. While intensely flavored, this wine is actually medium bodied, with good acidity and a certain rusticity more typical of an Old World wine, allowing it to pair gracefully with food.
While we are often able to find great deals on Cabernet from Napa and Sonoma, it is areas like Paso Robles that are able to consistently deliver high quality wines at reasonable prices. This Eberle Cabernet is a great example of a wine that over delivers on quality and intensity, and at under $30 is an incredible bargain. Stock up now, and take some on a picnic with cheese and cured meat, or save it for the winter and serve it with grilled steak.
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Paso Robles
Brix at Harvest: 25˚
Date Harvested: 10/12/06
Cases Produced: 3468
In 1973, Gary Eberle began his career in the wine industry by heading his family’s Estrella River Winery (currently Meridian Vineyards in Paso Robles) and produced 500,000 cases a year at its facility. Eberle’s pioneering spirit didn’t stop there. In 1980, he co-founded the Paso Robles Appellation and in 1983, Gary opened the doors to his own Eberle Winery with the premiere of Eberle’s 1979 Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, Eberle handcrafts 25,000 cases of wine each year from surrounding Estate vineyards. And, after more than 25 years since the release of the Eberle label, the winery consistently remains one of the highest award-winning wineries in the United States.
The German name "Eberle" translates to "small boar." At Eberle Winery, a bronze boar greets every guest who visits the Tasting Room. The statue is the 93rd replica of the original bronze Porcellino cast by Tacca in 1620. And today, the original can be found in the straw market in Florence, Italy. It is considered good luck to rub the boar's nose and toss a coin in the water below. All money collected at the Eberle boar fountain is donated to local children's charities.
Learn more at www.eberlewinery.com.