A fragrant introduction with prune, cooked black cherry, and chocolate galore, is followed by scents of plum, raisin, cinnamon, citrus, and an enticingly complex mix of ambered resin perfumes, forest florals, mossy pines, and Mediterranean herbs. The palate opens with strong prune, infused with bright cherry and chocolate, migrating to blackberry, plum and currants, and finally to tobacco and citrus flavors, landing on strong grapefruit at 2 hours, which remains the dominant taste for another two hours, mellowing over time but sustaining a soft, zingy, peppery mid-palate through a relatively short finish. A curious thing happens at 24 hours. The strong palate leader citrus pulls back in the pack and allows other aromas to emerge, including bright cherry and chocolate, combining with the lingering citrus remnant from the day before, to display a succulent, balanced cotillion of poignant changes on the palate. It's a new and better wine the day after opening.
External Reviews for Outpost Zinfandel United States Red Zinfandel California
Dense and concentrated, with bold boysenberry, white pepper and loamy mineral aromas and complex yet tightly wound plum and anise flavors that lead to ripe but muscular tannins. Needs time. Best from 2011 through 2016.
Outpost’s 2007 Zinfandel is a reassuringly terrific, spicy, briary example offering notes of minerals intermixed with lots of blue and red fruits, incense, pepper, and herbs. This full, heady, flavorful Zin should be drunk over the next 4–5 years.
Dark red-ruby. Penetrating aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice, with a mineral firmness that carries through onto the palate. This highly concentrated zin began a bit brutal but turned thick and creamy with aeration, while maintaining lovely lift from its licorice and orange peel flavors. Very densely packed and sweet, with plenty of material to buffer its 16.2% alcohol.
This is a beautifully knit, elegant, graceful effort with both power and richness. An opaque purple color is followed by aromas of white flowers, blueberries, raspberries, minerals, and spice. It has excellent texture as well as sweet, concentrated, stylish flavors.
Ruby-red. Exotic, high-toned aromas of briary mountain berries, licorice and fruitcake. Juicy and dry, with very ripe, slightly roasted crushed berry flavors. Firm acids and substantial fruit tannins give lift to the back end. I'm not finding the spicy and floral treble notes that this wine displayed from barrel, but this appears to be shutting down now. Winemaker Thomas Brown notes that the Outpost zin typically shows more dark fruits and a creamier texture with a few years of bottle age. The pH here, he notes, is under 3.5 in spite of the high alcohol.
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