Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2013 Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain – Bottle Notes

Outpost Wines was established in 1998 and sits on a pristine piece of land atop Howell Mountain 2200 feet above Napa Valley. Thomas Rivers-Brown has been the winemaker from the start and has gained further acclaim making highly sought after wines for Schrader, Rivers-Marie and many others. Outpost produces  Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Right Bank inspired blend called Immigrant. In 2018 AXA Millésimes, the wine division of a French insurance giant, bought Outpost from the Dotzler family.

Crimson in color. 15.8% ABV. Gorgeous nose of brambly red fruits, baking spices and pepper. Medium body with exquisite acidity and exceptional balance. Elegant and surprisingly restrained. Cherries, raspberry liqueur, blood orange and Howell Mountain pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Delicious Zinfandel but lacking the vibrancy and jammy fruit I often find in this wine. Best over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 91 points.

Outpost wines are only available via the mailing list and sell out quickly. Don’t miss the Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from True Vineyard. Highly recommended.

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