Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2016 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. 16.1% ABV. Sublime nose of red fruits, licorice and white pepper. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Big, rich and lush with remarkable balance. Black cherry, raspberry liqueur, plums and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Full throttle Zinfandel that pushes the envelope but in the end completely delivers. Best over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 95 points.

The 2019 vintage will be released later this year and cost around $55.

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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