Eberle Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
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.
Wine Enthusiast - "This is a beautiful Cabernet to drink now with a good steak. It’s rich and complex in blackberry and black currant flavors, and is very dry, with lingering acidity. The tannins are thick but fine. The best Cabernet from Eberle in memory. Drink now.
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. View all Eberle Winery Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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