Winery of the Year - International Sommelier Challenge, 2011
Platinum Medal - Sommelier Challenge, 2011
93 Points - Robert Whitley, winereviewonline.com, 2011
92 Points - Cabernet Shootout, 2011
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
Gold Medal - Orange County Fair, 2011
Gold Medal - West Coast Wine Competition, 2011
After a few weeks in Northern California, this week WineHeist heads south to the Central Coast, and more specifically to Paso Robles, home to some of the best quality to price ratio red wines in California. We have written in the past about Eberle Winery, and owner/winemaker Gary Eberle's history in Paso Robles dating back to 1973. One of the advantages that having such a long history in one place is the ability to make wine from vines that are not only fully mature, but that the winemaker has had a chance to really get to know. This attention to detail is evident in every aspect of Eberle’s 2007 Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and it shows in the litany of medals and 90+ point scores that this wine has received.
The 2007 Eberle Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from thirty-year-old vines, is deep garnet in color. The nose is unmistakably Cabernet, with kirsch, leather, dark chocolate and blackberry aromas. The palate is equally expressive, with flavors leaning more toward blueberry, black cherry, and eucalyptus. Lush and full bodied, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is made a fruit forward style typical of Paso Robles, and perfect for drinking in the near term. This has the stuffing to hold up to whatever the last days of winter may hold in store for us, but it also has the fresh fruit flavors that make it well suited to warm weather drinking. At just $27, you will not find a better bargain on an estate grown, mature vineyard Cabernet anywhere in California.
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Paso Robles
Brix at Harvest: 25.7˚
Date Harvested: 10/23/07
Cases Produced: 3532
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.