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 - 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 Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • Outpost Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2005

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    Slightly disappointing It took a while to open, which improved the wine.....But I expected more for the price. Not typical Howell Mountain. Not much of a nose and a tad bit too much wood....almost a musty European style nose. The wine almost tasted like a Zin Cab hybrid. The tannins softened after an hour, and it was a decent bottle of wine...... Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • Kilikanoon Kavel's Flock Shiraz 2010

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    Announcing its presence for 2013, this Clare Valley outpost is proudly trumpeted as James Hallidays Winery of the Year. With an impressive lineup of wines which umbrella the Clare, Barossa and McLaren Vale, the Kavels Flock Shiraz is one label you wont find on their website, being exclusive to the Dan Murphys chain for a reasonable AUD$17. Named... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • Peter Lehmann Drawcard Shiraz Mataro 2010 AUD$25. This is the first time I have seen this label from PL, and thought it reasonably priced to warrant a go. It pours a crimson black colour with a dark ruby rim, and boasts an attractive, medium weighted nose of violets and blackcurrant fruit. The aromas are clean, with no distractions in the backgr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A couple of Barossa Valley...


  • Zinfandel, it’s no secret that I’ve carried on a long and intimate relationship with you. There is so much you have to offer. Sometimes you're a bit rough and tumble, edgy, even dangerous, while other times you’re coy or playful. But you’re always there for me, with joyous fruit, classic bramble notes and structure, allowing for early consumptio... Read More

    From the article California Zinfandel: A Lesson in Vintage and Regional Success


  • Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain 2011

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    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 its also quite tannic a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain 2010

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    Blue and purple fruited nose with good spice and sage. Black pepper aromas as well. Dark, plummy and rich on the palate with zesty herbs. Dark and really nice. 94 pts.11/24/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Being a cab lover I am hesitant to stray from what I like. On a recent occasion I had the opportunity to try a Zinfandel and to my amazement, it had some of the same attributes of the cabernets I love so well. I perused Snooth and stopped on a particular zin from Bogle vineyards. Gregory Dal Piaz gave it a nice rating and being a member of Snoot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New on the block with Zinfandel


  • Outpost Zinfandel United States Red Zinfandel California 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Okay.  This question might be stretching the boundaries of what should be discussed in writing.  (Ummm... actually, this question clearly crosses the boundary of what should be discussed in writing, but what the hell...)Where (or to whom) do experienced Snoothers go to get the inside scoop on wines that are cellar worthy but have yet to be profe... Read More

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  • In my daily travels I pass through the Napa Valley every Monday. A few weeks ago I asked Mike Smith a question about yeast for Sauv Blanc and he invited me to stop by and check out some of his new vintage before it went into bottle shock. Today was the day so I stopped by his cellar at Envy Wines in Calistoga. One of the more personable, down to... Read More

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