Eberle is one of the best-known wineries in Paso Robles, yet somehow we’ve never visited. The good news is its 2018 releases recently arrived for tasting and review. Thoughts on four classic — and some unusual — bottlings follow.
2016 Eberle Chardonnay Paso Robles Eberle Estate Vineyard – Nice and chewy, this chardonnay’s vanilla notes find a complement in a touch of bubble gum, giving it a sweeter pop (no pun intended). Some herbal notes of sage and rosemary are given a twist by tropical hints of pineapple and mango, with a little edge of spice informing the finish. Surprisingly complex for California chardonnay and highly worthwhile. A / $22
2017 Eberle Viognier Paso Robles Mill Road Vineyard – A brisk and racy viognier — bold with peaches, apricots, and vanilla cream, but tempered by acidity and sharper citrus. A grapefruit edge gives the finish a punchiness that can often be lacking in viognier, though the lingering floral elements can get a bit thick. B+ / $25
2016 Eberle Barbera Paso Robles – Vineyard breakdown is 56% Kokopelli Vineyard, 25% Steinbeck Vineyard, and 19% Partridge Vineyard for this varietal that you don’t often see grown in California. It’s a lovely expression of this rustic Italian staple, lightly herbal and slightly savory, with chewy cherry and plum notes prominent. The bold palate folds tight tannins into a body that pops with acidity while allowing exotic hibiscus notes and other florals to develop on the finish. A- / $36
2015 Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles Eberle Estate Vineyard – Bold blackcurrant and blueberry notes lead the way on this classically structured cab. Lightly brambly but heavily fruit-forward, its tannins are quiet and well-integrated, with a bit of cinnamon on the back end and lingering notes of toasty wood. A fantastic cab that works as both an everyday sipper and a special occasion bottle. A- / $44