2010 Outpost - Zinfandel 750ml

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WS 93   WA 92   IWC 92   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Dense but rich and fleshy, showing bold black currant, crushed pepper and toasty vanilla aromas, with complex black cherry, mineral and black olive flavors that are wrapped in big but ripe tannins.

Drink Dates: 2013-2022
Author: Tim Fish


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

Another impressive wine, the 2010 Zinfandel has developed beautifully over the last year. Today, the 2010 is rich, dark and intense. The aromas are still very much primary, so readers who like complexity and nuance will have to let this sit in the cellar for another few years. Still, it is impressive. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 204

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Good full ruby-red. Crushed blackberry, licorice and pepper on the high-toned, perfumed nose. Densely packed and vibrant, with captivating peppery lift to the intense dark fruit flavors. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins and excellent length. Seriously good zinfandel, from a site that winemaker Thomas Brown says benefits from cool years. These grapes were harvested in late October in 2010.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 168

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Ron C815
Tasted On: 06/08/2013
Drink Dates: 2012-2017

Rating: 90
Author: SamT
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/21/2014

Average rating: 92, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

47 bottles owned by 14 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: Zinfandel


Zinfandel is a black grape variety of Croatian descent. With no ties to France, Zinfandel has actually been linked to the Primitivo grape of Italy, but California is where the majority of Zinfandel is grown. This variety possesses extremely versatile characteristics from light and fruity, to jammy and ripe with high alcohol. Growing Zinfandel can be difficult due to its packed clusters and short stems, which make the vines prone to uneven ripening and mildew. Preferring a warm climate, Zinfandel is also grown in other western states in the United States as well as in Australia and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Zinfandel include red berry fruits, raspberry, blackberry, anise and pepper.

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