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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Eberle Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Eberle Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 109344)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 growing season was challenging to say the least. A cool and relatively dry winter led to bud break in mid-March. An unexpected frost in late spring followed by high winds caused "shatter" resulting in smaller berries and lighter yields. Warm temperatures during the summer with cool evenings brought along verasion at the normally expected time of mid-July. However, the latter part of September and into October brought cooler than normal conditions, slowing down ripening of berries but allowing more hang time on the vines. While 2008 was a challenging year, the resulting vintage displays well developed flavor profiles with balanced acidity.

Eberle's Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon displays 100% varietal characteristics blended from several distinguished Paso Robles vineyards, including Eberle Estate. Approachable and enjoyable in its youth, lush with flavors of wild berries, cassis and moderate tannins.

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About Eberle Winery:

Gary Eberle has been producing wines since 1973 and is considered a "founder father" of the Paso Robles appellation. Eberle's desire to produce small-production premium wines led him to establish his own winery and in the spring of 1984, the Eberle Winery opened its doors to the public, selling a 1979 Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon. Along with his passion for Cabernet Sauvignon, Eberle produced one of the first 100% varietal Syrahs in California and has taken advantage of the region's Zinfandel plantings. Though still a boutique-sized winery, Eberle's portfolio includes Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sryah and Zinfandel. All of the wines are vineyards designated in an effort to truly express the regional terrior and personality of the vineyards in the Paso Robles appellation.

In 1994, Eberle was seeking additional space for the red wine program and decided to go underground, where today 16,000 square feet of underground caves wind themselves below the winery.