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Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain 2011

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91-93 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The 2011 Zinfandel bursts from the glass with juicy dark cherries, menthol, violets, licorice and tobacco. A beguiling, totally intriguing wine, the 2011 impresses for its fabulous balance and overall harmony. Hints of savory herbs and orange peel lend an element of exoticism that is particularly attractive. This is striking juice. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (Dec 2012)

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Outpost Wines:
Situated high atop Howell Mountain, 2,200 feet above the floor of the Napa Valley, it's easy to see the inspiration, and natural wonder that is the essence of Outpost Wines. Outpost was established in 1998 with the mission of producing wines that are a living, breathing embodiment of this piece of extraordinary land. The unique confluence of environmental factors at the Outpost vineyards... Read more
Situated high atop Howell Mountain, 2,200 feet above the floor of the Napa Valley, it's easy to see the inspiration, and natural wonder that is the essence of Outpost Wines. Outpost was established in 1998 with the mission of producing wines that are a living, breathing embodiment of this piece of extraordinary land. The unique confluence of environmental factors at the Outpost vineyards - the volcanic, rocky red soil, high altitude, gentle cooling breezes and sunny western exposure - produces fruit of incredible complexity and richness, with a distinct mountain palette you simply can't find anywhere else. Capturing the essence of the land's rugged terrain, Outpost creates world-class Zinfandel, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah from our own hand-cultivated, organically farmed 42 acre estate vineyards. The guiding principle of our wine-making program is to realize the full potential of this piece of ground, to create a living history of vintages with immense character and a true sense of place. Sharing this philosophy and intrigued by the potential of the estate's magnificent vineyards, winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown has crafted the wines from the beginning. Under Thomas' expert guidance, Outpost grapes are harvested late in the season - by hand, at dawn - to preserve the full intensity and distinctive spicy character of the mountain fruit. The grapes are processed with as little manipulation as possible. Grapes from each block within the vineyard are fermented separately so that our winemaking team can be very selective about the lots that comprise the final blend. Wines are neither fined nor filtered allowing for the full expression of the vintages' potential. At Outpost, we take our role as stewards of the land very seriously, employing sustainable farming practices at every stage of cultivation. The result is a higher quality fruit with expressive consistency over each vintage year. Remarkable wines with a sense of place, creating a growing legacy year after year, vintage after vintage. That's what we're working towards at Outpost. We invite you to discover our wines and share the journey. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,191
3.50 5
03/20/2013

Fair amount of wood here, making this spicy on the nose and rich with vanilla, chocolate and coffee bean aromas. Smooth and polished if dense in the mouth, with nice power behind the slightly leather dark raspberry, blackberry fruit that's framed with oak and earth notes. This finishes with lots of power and richness, but it’s also quite tannic and dry at the same time. A bit heavy-handed. 88 points



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91-93 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The 2011 Zinfandel bursts from the glass with juicy dark cherries, menthol, violets, licorice and tobacco. A beguiling, totally intriguing wine, the 2011 impresses for its fabulous balance and overall harmony. Hints of savory herbs and orange peel lend an element of exoticism that is particularly attractive. This is striking juice. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (Dec 2012)

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