2019 Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah
Gary Eberle was a pioneer when it came to planting and growing Syrah in Paso Robles, and in the U.S. for that matter. He planted 20 acres of Syrah propagated from the world-renowned vineyards of M. Chapoutier located in Tain-l’Hermitage, in the northern Rhône Valley of France.
From the winemaker’s perspective, 2019 was a very good year. “The Paso Robles appellation had its fair share of rainfall at the beginning of 2019, leading to a cooler than normal spring and delayed bud-break by two weeks. Moderate temperatures over the summer, with only a few heat spikes, allowed the vines time to develop ample canopies and full formed berries on the clusters. Harvest started the second week of September, a bit later than usual. The extra hang time allowed the berries to come into perfect ripeness – enhancing color, flavors, and complexity. Overall, the 2019 harvest went smoothly, and we have high expectations of the resulting wines.” (I think that the expectations were met.)
Color: This wine in the glass shows a clear, deep red, with garnet and brick highlights.
Aromatics: Youthful notes of black fruits with hints of sweet pipe tobacco and toasted oak.
Taste Profile: Dry, smooth, and medium-full bodied, there is a good balance of tannins to acids and sugars. This wine’s flavors are powerful (and crying out for real food!
Food Pairings: I think that the winery’s thought processes are worth following. Think of classic European cuisine: a roast “duck with plum sauce, shredded beef ragù, braised beef ribs, or pan-seared lamb “lollipops” with garlic and rosemary.”
By Don Clemens