Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2017 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.

Purple in color. 15.8% ABV. Sublime nose of red fruits, licorice and peach. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Lush and rich with notable balance and power. Blackberry, raspberry liqueur and white pepper on the palate. The finish is long with dusty tannins. Certainly a big Zinfandel but it is showing exceptionally well right now. Best over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Sadly there will be no 2020 wines from Outpost so I am looking forward to the release of the 2021 Outpost Zinfandel early next year.

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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