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.
Purple in color. 15.9% ABV. Sensational nose of red and black fruits, licorice, sage and pepper. Full with mouth watering acidity and notable balance. Big, bold and packing a ton of power. Raspberry liqueur, boysenberry, blackberry and white pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Tremendous Zinfandel that I would be inclined to drink over the next 1-2 years.
My rating: 94 points.
The 2020 vintage should be released later year although I am unsure of how Outpost fared with the fires.
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.