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, anise and pepper. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Plush and juicy on the palate. Flavors of raspberry compote, mulberry, cherry truffle and Howell Mountain white pepper. Exceptional length on the finish. Big, full throttle Zinfandel that hits all the right spots. Best over the next year or so.

My rating: 94 points.

Sadly there will be no 2020 wines from Outpost but we should see the 2021 Zinfandel be released later this 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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