Winery: Eberle Winery
Bottling: 2006 Barbera
Sub-Region: Paso Robles, Central California Coast
Estimated Retail Price: $20-$25
Purchase Details: Friend who shared this with us purchased this directly from the winery for $25.
Tasting Notes: In the glass, a deep ruby color accented by a pink rim. On the nose, vanilla spice and berries. On the palate , more vanillin spice, cloves, cherries and red plum. This is a medium to full-bodied wine with lots of fruit framed by toasty oak, a firm structure and decent acidity.
A little more oak than I like, but still a crowd pleasing, mass appeal effort. I think this will appeal to a wide range of drinkers.
Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Traditional American spaghetti with meatballs, microwave lasagna or homemade barbecue burgers.
Winery & Other Background Information: After taking the helm of his family’s 500,000 case production winery in 1973, and helping co-found the Paso Robles appellation in 1980, Gary Eberle opened his eponymous winery in 1983. Current annual production stands at around 25,000 cases featuring Rhone varietals, Italian varietals and the traditional California cabernet and chardonnay.
Barbera tends to have many personalities depending on region and vinification techniques. You find very few in California, and when you do, they tend to be framed by oak which usually imparts more plum and spice flavors and aromas. In its native home in Piedmont, Italy, barbera tends to have higher toned fruit flavors and a really refreshing, tangy and vibrant acidity, which is quite unusual for a warm climate red grape. The grape can also produce powerful, intense, cellar worthy wines when yields are lowered and grapes from prime vineyard sites are used.