DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2009
UNANIMOUS GOLD: Riverside International Wine Competition, 2010
GOLD MEDAL: California State Fair, 2009
GOLD MEDAL: Long Beach Grand Cru, 2009
GOLD MEDAL: Sommelier Challenge, 2009
GOLD MEDAL: Monterey Wine Competition, 2010
13 MOST EXCITING CALIFORNIA ZINS: Wine Spectator, 2009
Gary Eberle was among the winegrowers who helped found the AVA in the early 1980s. While grapes had been grown in this area much longer than that, it was pioneers like Eberle that first saw the potential for premium wine in this region, and began farming it accordingly. The result has been slow but steady recognition of the Paso Robles area as a world-class growing region, especially for full-bodied red wines, and best of all, an area capable of delivering high quality wines at reasonable prices. Today’s heist, featuring a Zinfandel from Eberle at just $19 is a great example of this incredible quality to price ratio.
The 2007 Eberle Zinfandel, sourced 50/50 from the Steinbeck and Wine-Bush vineyards is dark garnet in color. The nose shows classic Zinfandel berry notes, with vanilla and black cherry. The palate is loaded with ripe blueberry, blackberry jam, and vanilla, with an unusual note I can only describe as graham cracker piecrust. Good acidity keeps this ripe, medium bodied wine in balance, and there is a lovely mix of fruit flavors that gives this wine depth. With temperatures rising, its time to stock up on BBQ wines, and at an incredible $19, this one fits the bill. Stock up on this one and enjoy it all summer!
Appellation: Paso Robles
Vineyards: 50% Steinbeck Vineyard, 50% Wine Bush
Residual Sugar: <0.10%
Brix At Harvest: 25.5˚
Date Bottled: 12/02/08
Cases Produced: 2881
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.