Gary Eberle is known as one of the pioneers of the Paso Robles wine region. Before founding the Eberle Winery in 1983, he headed up his family’s Estrella River Winery and in 1980 he cofounded the Paso Robles Appellation. The first release of Eberle Vineyards was his 1979 Cabernet Sauvignon according to our Eberle wine reviews. While Cabernet Sauvignon is still used to produce the top tier Eberle wines, the vineyards are also planted with Chardonnay, Viognier, Muscat Cannelli, Zinfandel, Shiraz, as well as various Italian, Spanish and Rhone grape varieties. In 1992, Gary was seeking additional space for the red wine program and created a 17,000 square foot underground cave below the winery in order to age all of the reds properly. Today, Eberle Winery produces over 25,000 cases a year and has become quite the tourist attraction in the Paso Robles AVA. Our Eberle wine ratings below offer further detail and insight on the portfolio of Eberle wines.
This softly luscious Cab glides across the palate like velvet, although it finishes with a good grip of tannins. The polished flavors suggest blackberries, currants and coffee, while oak is kept judiciously in the background.
An ultra-fruity style, packed with black cherry, chocolate, raspberry, plum, spice and licorice flavors. The tannins are moderate, as is the finish, which leaves an equally fruity impression.
Gary Eberle brings his deft touch to Cabernet, resulting in this smooth wine with soft tannins and an elegant dryness. It’s forward in plummy, blackberry fruit, with an earthy, coffee edge. A minor quibble is the taste of raisins or shrivelled prunes are a detraction.
Classic California Barbera, black in color, bone dry, big in rasping tannins, and rich in fruit. Blackberries, cherries, plums, soy, leather, coffee, the list goes on. Curiously combines rusticity with refinement, and will age for twenty years.
Here’s Paso Robles’ answer to the Languedoc. It’s a dry, tannic, silky blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Viognier, bright and clean, a food-friendly wine with appealing blackberry, cherry, cola and anise flavors.
A good, robust, everyday Zinfandel, with some special features. It’s soft and dry and very flavorful, offering waves of raspberries, cherries, mocha, spices and sandalwood. Gets a few extra points for the finely ground tannins and clean, brisk scour of acidity.
A Southern Rhône blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Viognier. Pale red, just a shade beyond rosé. Youthful cola and berry aromas. Surprisingly rich and concentrated, with spicy, fruity flavors, and a dry, fancy finish. A good value. Best Buy.
As rich as Eberle’s Cabernets are, Syrah seems to bring an added dimension of decadent cherry-berry liqueur to the blend. The wine is velvety soft in tannins, and so fruity, it finishes with a honeyed sweetness.