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Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Zinfandel 1997

Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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Winemaker Notes

The Steinbeck vineyard continues to produce lush and layered Zinfandel that will tango on your tongue with ripe black cherries, sweet oak, spice and leather all balanced with nice firm tannins. Be sure to have a few extra bottles on hand for impromptu barbecues, family gatherings and the lazy days of summer.

Food Pairings: A perfect wine for the barbecue! Pair with grilled chicken, sausages, tri-tip, grilled portabellos, and the classic all American burger!

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Eberle Winery

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Eberle Winery, Central Coast, California
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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.

Central Coast

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of the state's wine. The sprawling district covers most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara from the coast inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley. Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types, and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including Monterey, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Cruz Mountains.

Just about every major international grape variety is planted within this vast AVA, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. A significant proportion of the region’s produce is generic, inexpensive bulk wine, but the Central Coast is also home to many small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as everything in between.

Zinfandel

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Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

Sommelier Secret

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

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