Paso Robles Cabernet

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Paso Robles Cabernet While assembling wines to taste for my recent look at $20 Cabernet, I was struck by a number of familiar brands from Paso Robles at or below this price point. Paso Robles is making a name for itself on the backs of the Rhone varietals, which can be better suited for some of the hotter spots in this central Californian appellation, though that's a bit of a recent development.

If I look back in my relationship with Paso, I see first and foremost Cabernet Sauvignon, in particular the Estate wines that Eberle produced in the early 1990s. They were pretty much all one could want from California Cabernet at their price. Rich ripe fruit was married to creamy spicy oak in a round, lush but not flabby style.

Of course, Zinfandel and even Barbera from Paso Robles impressed me, but the truth is that Eberle, the 1994 in particular, is one of the wines that taught me to stop over paying for wine! So how are things going with Paso Cabernet today? Let's take a look and see what the wines from seven popular producers have to say.

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  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
    Hand of Snooth
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    You can find the Liberty School at World Market in California for $10-12, which makes it a great gift for friends who like wine and aren't snooty--also can take it to a dinner when you aren't sure if the wine you bring will be opened. Or, if you don't fear palate burnout, you can treat it like a daily drinker and have really solid Cab any night you like. Really a good bargain, IMO--why buy Chilean when you can have this?

    Dec 21, 2011 at 4:20 PM

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