Big Break Vineyard was named after a 1928 break in the levee that flooded the local farmland. This area typically produces pervasive and distinctive lots of Zinfandel. The combination of the extremely sandy, well-drained soils, dry-farmed, century-old, head-trained vines, and the unique band of cooling air from the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers flavor Oakley's best vineyard sites. This block of land, situated between the San Joaquin River and a Eucalyptus grove, enhances the wine by adding a minty characteristic. The combination of the aforementioned creates a synergy of elements that are ideal for both ripening, as well as expressing the full character of Zinfandel grapes.
Eucalyptus, mint, firm structure and exotic spice are key elements in this Big Break Zinfandel.
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast ** Editors' Choice ** All about ripeness, this flavorful full-bodied wine fairly oozes strawberry-jam and blackberry-syrup aromas, equally rich but not sweet flavors and a good firm structure of fine-grained tannins.