Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Outpost was established in 1998 with the vision of producing wines that are a living, breathing embodiment of the magical place that Howell Mountain is. Truly one of the world’s great Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel growing regions, the unique terroir of the Outpost vineyards – the hard, rocky red soil, high altitude, gentle cooling breezes and sunny western exposure – produces fruit of incredible intensity and richness, with a distinctive spice associated with Howell Mountain.
Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown shares the Outpost philosophy and was intrigued by the potential of the estate’s magnificent vineyards. Under Thomas’ expert guidance, Outpost grapes are harvested late in the season – by hand, at dawn – to preserve the full intensity and distinctive spicy character of the mountain fruit. The grapes are processed with as little manipulation as possible. Grapes from each block within the vineyard are fermented separately so that the winemaking team can be very selective about the lots that comprise the final blend. Wines are neither fined nor filtered allowing for the full expression of the vintages’ potential.
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain|
Wine AdvocateMade from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged for 20 months in French oak, 80% new, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple color, slowly revealing profound blackcurrants, baked black cherries, plum preserves and licorice notions with hints of Chinese five spice, chargrilled meats and tilled earth plus a waft of yeast extract. Full-bodied, firm and grainy with amazing freshness and loads of emerging layers, it finishes very long and wonderfully layered. 1,198 cases were made.