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O’Neill Vintners & Distillers Launches Exitus
Leading California Wine Producer Expands Portfolio with New Bourbon Barrel-Aged Red Blend


Larkspur, California (July 23, 2018)O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, a family-owned and operated producer of fine wines and spirits, has announced the launch of Exitus, a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Red Blend. Available nationally, the 2016 vintage of Exitus, a blend of Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot, is aged for three months in Kentucky Bourbon barrels.

“Bourbon barrel-aged wines are one of the fastest growing wine categories today and part of what makes them fascinating is that they appeal to both wine and spirit drinkers. Given our expertise in both wine and spirits, crafting Exitus has been one of the most rewarding projects I have worked on – it’s simply a stunning wine,” exudes Steven DeCosta, winemaker.

Fermented in American stainless steel, and then aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels, Exitus is deep ruby in color with aromas of blackberry compote, leather and dark chocolate. Bourbon barrel aging imparts aromas of fire toasted oak, baking spice, caramel and loose-leaf tobacco. Exitus is the perfect wine for consumers seeking a bold, rich red blend combining the best of both worlds.

The Exitus packaging was designed to match the impressive wine quality. Bottled in an elegant, tall clear bourbon-style bottle with a sophisticated and premium label design in black and gold topped off with a traditional spirits-style ribbon seal, communicates sophistication, style and quality. Exitus retails at $25.99.

About O’Neill Vintners & Distillers –

O’Neill Vintners & Distillers was founded in 2004 by Jeff O’Neill, former CEO of Golden State Vintners. The family-owned and operated winery has grown to become one of the largest varietal wine and brandy producers in California, with a reputation for producing high quality wines from the North Coast, Central Coast and Central Valley. Through its extensive vineyards and modern production facilities, O’Neill provides premium winemaking services to the industry, and a growing portfolio of national brands and control labels. In addition to the company’s fast-growing Line 39, other brands in the company’s national brands portfolio include Exitus, Day Owl, Harken, Austerity, Robert Hall, Allegro, Backhouse, Camelot, Redtree and Flat Rock. For more information, please visit

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