Cloud Break comes from our good friends at O'Neill Vintners, one of the biggest and best wineries in the state. Not long after selling his highly successful operation, Golden State Vintners in 2004, Jeff O'Neill founded O'Neill Vintners.
When you've been in a business this long and have been so successful, success follows you instead of the other way around. What impresses us most about Jeff is that he is totally committed to quality. Every wine he makes is a sound offering, always worth more than the price. They're hard to turn down.
This Cloud Break Zinfandel is a perfect example of Jeff's commitment to quality and his zeal for making outstanding wines that are typically a fantastic value.
Because the winery's vineyard holdings are so vast, they can take the best grapes from over 10 different sites to craft a wine wherein the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
For this selection, they feature grapes from their holdings in Lodi and the Sacramento Delta. Lodi is becoming the place to beat in California for great Zinfandel - tellingly, we've featured quite a few.
You know from the moment you pour this dark, engaging liquid into your glass that it's going to be something special. Then come aromas of plum, strawberry and earth, mixed with slate and licorice.
The persistent finish keeps the wine lingering on your palate as long as it does in your memory.
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