2006 Outpost - Cabernet Sauvignon True Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($85; includes 2.5% each cabernet franc and merlot) Good bright medium ruby. Musky, ripe, complex aromas of plum syrup, smoke, licorice, tobacco leaf and chocolate, all lifted by a strong rocky element. Suave on entry, then silky, perfumed and vibrant in the middle palate, with black fruit flavors lifted by a wet stone minerality and a floral element. Wonderfully silky and sophisticated wine, finishing with very suave tannins. From a vineyard planted on pure fractured rock at an altitude of 1,800 feet.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: MJM
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/28/2010
Infanticide, I know, but needed to check in. Gorgeous nose of blue/black fruits and flowers (classic mountain nose, really), palate is a wall of tannin right now. Left 3/4 bottle for day 2. On day 2 the tannin was still very much there but the fruit was intense and pure. Decent acidity too. This is a great wine in the making but it needs serious time. Will try the regular bottling soon for comparison. 95 based on potential.

Rating: 95
Author: KMS
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/11/2011

Average rating: 94, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

269 bottles owned by 112 collectors.

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About This Producer


Howell Mountain provides a true "outpost" for these wines, with rocky soil, cool breeze, and a stunning view. At an altitude of 2,100 feet above the Napa Valley floor, owners Terry and Juli Pringle grow Zinfandel, Cabernet, Petit Sirah, and Grenache, all organically. The debut vintage was the 1998 100% Znfandel, which garnered a 93-point score from The Wine Spectator. Thomas Brown is the full time winemaker, and Ehren Jordan, winemaker at Turley Wine Cellars, consults. A second project, True Vineyard, debuts in 2008 with a Bordeaux blend estate wine.

See other similar producers: Turley Wine Cellars, Ridge Vineyards, Altamura Vineyards & Winery

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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