Outpost

Howell Mountain Zinfandel

9.221 ratings
9.12 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Zinfandel
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

I always express my honest thoughts...sometimes to a fault. Perhaps, I’m about to walk that line here but, really believe in honest expressions. Especially, with wine. In full disclosure, I was a little disappointed in our visit to Outpost. I loved our host Sara. However, some of the wines tasted seemed as if they had seen too much air. Either from being opened to long, not properly vacuumed or should have used a Corvain in the original/previous pouring’s to keep them fresh(er).

The nose reveals jammy fruits of, spiced & baked; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, dry pouched cranberries and plums. Steeped fruit teas, black & white pepper, prune of glass edge with dark withering flowers.

The body is medium full, round with beautiful fruits. It’s juicy but, a little watery & flabby. I believe from too much air. Blueberries, spiced & baked; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, dry pouched cranberries and plums. Steeped fruit teas, black & white pepper, limestone minerals, crushed rocks, prune of glass edge with dark withering flowers & violets. The acidity is like a rainfall. The finish is polished, lean, watery, ripe but, well polished.

Photos of, their Zinfandel vineyard as viewed from the deck of their tasting room, private dining & tasting room, center of their wall cabinet in their private tasting room and their sloping hillside vines towards the backend of their property.

I always express my honest thoughts...sometimes to a fault. Perhaps, I’m about to walk that line here but, really believe in honest expressions. Especially, with wine. In full disclosure, I was a little disappointed in our visit to Outpost. I loved our host Sara. However, some of the wines tasted seemed as if they had seen too much air. Either from being opened to long, not properly vacuumed or should have used a Corvain in the original/previous pouring’s to keep them fresh(er).

The nose reveals jammy fruits of, spiced & baked; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, dry pouched cranberries and plums. Steeped fruit teas, black & white pepper, prune of glass edge with dark withering flowers.

The body is medium full, round with beautiful fruits. It’s juicy but, a little watery & flabby. I believe from too much air. Blueberries, spiced & baked; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, dry pouched cranberries and plums. Steeped fruit teas, black & white pepper, limestone minerals, crushed rocks, prune of glass edge with dark withering flowers & violets. The acidity is like a rainfall. The finish is polished, lean, watery, ripe but, well polished.

Photos of, their Zinfandel vineyard as viewed from the deck of their tasting room, private dining & tasting room, center of their wall cabinet in their private tasting room and their sloping hillside vines towards the backend of their property.

Jan 24th, 2019
Mike R
9.1

PNP with Rhonda's niece - delicious and smiling - the Italian food is good too

PNP with Rhonda's niece - delicious and smiling - the Italian food is good too

Mar 30th, 2018
Luke Tubergen

Went well with the rack of lamb 👌🏼

Went well with the rack of lamb 👌🏼

Dec 19th, 2017
Eric S
9.2

Opened way too early- this will be a star in a few years. Great fruit, almost but not quite sweet.

Opened way too early- this will be a star in a few years. Great fruit, almost but not quite sweet.

Jul 10th, 2017
Edmond Bordelon

Sticking with another winner from Outpost!

Sticking with another winner from Outpost!

Feb 19th, 2017
Brian Hecker

Brian had this 2 months ago

Brian had this 2 months ago

Jun 1st, 2020
Margaret Mccrary

Margaret had this a year ago

Margaret had this a year ago

May 19th, 2019
Stuart Kuntz

Stuart had this 2 years ago

Stuart had this 2 years ago

Jan 2nd, 2019
Sam Shepard

Sam had this 2 years ago

Sam had this 2 years ago

Dec 25th, 2018
Charles Garrison

Charles had this 3 years ago

Charles had this 3 years ago

Nov 19th, 2017