Dark purple color. The nose is a blend of plums, prunes, and dark cherry. The palate matches the nose and ther is a touch of heat, but it is not terribly distracting. This is full-bodied with moderate acidity and a moderate finish of dark fruit. Overall, this was not immediately recognizeable as a Zinfandel, but it did have ripe fruit and was easy to drink.
The fruit for the Howell Mountain Zinfandel is a combination old vine and young vine planted in '78 and '00 respectively. Crimson in color. 16.2% ABV. Concentrated aromas of dark fruits, white pepper and molasses. Big and structured. Textbook Howell Mountain profile. Medium body. Raspberry, plum, licorice and boysenberry on the palate. Dusty tannins on the incredibly long, sweet finish. Drink over the next 1-2 years.
PnP w/30 min decant. Very deep, dark purple color. Good Zin nose. This is a big wine. Fairly sharp tannins/oak and slightly hot at first but balanced out some w/time. We drank stand alone but would be super with food. Rich, some oak, slight licorice, white pepper. Should hold well for a few years yet. Nothing off.
Decanted thru a strainer and began drinking. Wish I had opened 1-2 hours ago. Brick red, with a hint of purple; beginnings of an orange rim. Red berries with a touch of plum. Huge white pepper in the very long finish. Hope I can hold off drinking long enough to let it open up a little more. This wine is just beginning to mature. Don't be afraid to hold it several more years.
After an hour - I did show some restraint - it softened nicely. Red berries are in the background, with dark fruit and licorice predominating. Less pepper, but still a nice amount. Lamb chops are coming out of the broiler. More to come.
Confirms that lamb and Zin are one of the best food pairings ever. Excellent wine.
Winter 2012 Wine Dinner (SA - TX): 2012 Winter Wine Dinner: Number in () is number of favorite votes by guests. Number in  is my ranking from 1(favorite) to 4. All wines were outstanding and this was very much splitting hairs.
Quick Notes: The bottles were popped and left to breath for about 3-4 hours before service. I was again pleasantly surprised by the Outpost. My last bottle was a white, hot, mess. This was everything that Outpost is capable of, just beautiful Howell Mountain fruit. The Carlisle even after 5 hours was still improving and I was able to save a little to try on day 2. Wow!!! It is really good stuff. I’d sit on this for a few years if you have any.
pretty nice, incredibly balanced given the 16.2% alcohol... initially very little on the nose, took a little time to open up. Nice mix of dark and red brambly fruits, raspberry, blackberry, little bit of pepper (not nearly as much pepper as an 05 I had a year ago though). Pleasantly surprised as I thought it may have ended up being a little too hot or over ripe, but not at all.
This bottle is absolutely singing. This is my last bottle of this beauty and I wish it were my first. I know that I have thought this wine an under achier when I drank the first five bottles. Poor timing on my part if this bottle is any indication. Who would have thunk it?? The wine has a beautiful clear garnet color. the nose is lively and fruit filled. The flavors explode with pepper, essence of zinberry and a little smokey barbecue. Really yummy. For those of you who still have these they are now drinking beautuifully. Shame on those of us who did not exercise the appropriate patience.
It's been almost a year since our last bottle. The oak and black pepper have integrated leaving a soft dark fruited wine with some chocolate, and almost toffee notes. Pretty ripe and Ann commented on it and the alcohol. Hmmm. Surprisingly I think I enjoyed this more than she did. If I had more I'd drink them near term.
This was a hot alcohol mess for us. 4 of us could not drink it. Alcohol dominated followed by a strong stewed prune nose and taste. Worst of 4 bottles. Seems like it just turned into a mess over time.Went down the drain. NR.
Pop & pour from magnum at dinner party. Deep ruby color. Full mouthfeel. Red berries. Complex spices. A little tight at first, but after 30 minutes was velvet. Blew away an '07 Haynes V. Turley we also had. A great wine.
This is really good right now and it almost makes me wish I didn't open it because it will be even better in the future. That being said, this is full of fruit, pepper, nice acidity, and some tannins that need to evolve. Will finish the note later.
Dark purple color. The nose pumps out ripe, red fruits with some spicy undertones. In the mouth, there is ample fruit with a touch of vanilla and spice. When opened, there was some heat, but with air, the heat disappeared. Structurally, this wine came across as plush and velvety but not flabby. The finish is quite long. Overall, I liked the hedonistic fruit and the soft, rounded feel of this wine. My wife, however, thought it seemed overripe and a little pruney.
Its been a little over a year since we had this last and the time has been good for this wine. Loads of blue and black fruits, and some black pepper. Still a little oak but no where near as much as there was a year ago - its much better integrated. This is a big ripe wine and on the edge for me but I enjoyed it last night. (Drank with Brett and Carol)
TASTE: purple fruits; alcohol presence is moderately noticeable (labeled at 16.2%, iirc); rather hot in the belly; soft tannins; I see no ageing potential in this wine. This may have been served a bit too warm. I had higher expectations for this wine.
16.2% alcohol. Doesn't really show the alcohol on the nose or palate. Jammy and pretty refined, with excellent focus. A spicy, black-fruited wine that has a remarkable sense of elegance. Not very acidic, so it seems like a short-term drinker, but it is delicious. A-
without a doubt, one of the more consistently reliable zins coming out of the valley; however, they seem to be vintage dependent. i can give this wine a shout out, and it remains under $40 in our market. a little heat, some bruttish tannin, chock full of spice and bramble. it works ok for me.
Opened and not decanted. Medium to dark purple color, with a brambly fruit and pepper nose. Classic ripe and briery zinfandel flavors of boysenberry, blackcurrant, herb, black pepper, and oak show on the palate. Just a bit of heat comes in. The flavors are big, but attractive for their persistence.
Lots of dark fruits, black pepper, oak (a little too much for my taste). Fine but abundant tannins and noticible alcohol. Reminded me of a Turley. Ann liked it more than I did. This would probably benefit from another year or two in the cellar. I tasted the last little bit today and it was a little better - more noticible black pepper and a less oak.
Nice purple/plum color. Velvety tannins with somewhat rich spice. Dark fruit and chocolate with vanilla and oak. Bold legs and full bodied. Nice cream consistency, very smooth. Nice full body on the palate and the fruits hold up through the finish and lingering spice. Well balanced and structured. Excellent and worth the price.
Big wine. Great, dark purple color to it. Massive nose of dark fruits, spice and petrol. Same goes for the mouth, as it covered the mouth in dark fruit and earth with the alcohal coming through on the finish. For the most part, the heat subsided, but it was always there, lingering in the background. I've loved this bottle before but wasn't enthralled this time around. There were others there who did think this was delicious though.
Delicious, spicy, full bodied, rich black fruit, scents of cranberry, vanilla, sage and coriander, some hints of cracked white pepper too I love this juice, it's one of my favorite Zins around, year after year it competes with Carlisle for my favorite Zin.
I'm not normally one to give a tasting note based on a wine on Day 2 after opening, but this time, that's how it worked out. To my benefit. Yesterday the wine was unexciting: big boysenberry syrup fruit and some tart acidity but reticent on showing anything else. Today, it is showing much better. The boysenberry has been tamed to a more integrated package with some nice white pepper, freshly tanned leather, and brambly forest floor. Hold this wine until 2011 and enjoy a really good, well-balanced Zin that doesn't overwhelm its company at the table.
Much better than the bottle I had about 7 months ago. Deep purple color to it, nose of Pepper along with a ton of dark fruits and some chocolate lying underneath it all. Full bodied wine with the dark fruits and oak really coming through and enveloping the mouth. Excellent long finish with a ton of grip to it. This was very well balanced, fruit, acid and tannin all working together to finish this bottle on a strong note.
A very approachable, food-friendly Zin. Bursts of berries, but well-balanced with an earthiness. Not overpowering, but definitely complex. Changed noticeably as it warmed up over a few hours. We enjoyed it with dinner, despite the food not being an ideal pairing...we had southwestern chicken. The Zin did not totally overwhelm the dinner and actually was complementary to the spices of the dish.
I am not having heat issues with this bottle. The nose is touch more sugar-plum and the palate a bit more molasses-like than I remember or prefer, but this is still a complex and delicious full-bodied Zinfandel. My last bottle, alas, as I'd like to know how this goes in the next 1-2 years. I think this will be peaking in 6-18 months.
I liked this. Fruit forward with that "brambly" quality. The wood treatment got on the way though, and added a harsh vanilla woody tannin mid-palate that stopped it from being a great wine. 50+5+12+14+5
Nice bottle of zinfandel with a seductive nose. Coffee, chocolate, sweet raspberries and fresh cream dominate the nose. Palate is ultra silky and balanced even when the alcohol clocks in at 16.2%. Really nice wine with decent spice on the finish and a touch of heat present. Great balance and finesse speaks worlds for this zinfandel.
Spicy-sweet Zinfandel glory, with blackberry cream leavened by liquid licorice, fine pepper, cinnamon, chocolate, gingerbread, brown sugar and oregano. Really shining on day 2 but plenty drinkable on day 1. Surely more tannin than most Zin but not an obstacle to me. There was a rather prominent oak explosion right out of the bottle but it has subsided and come into harmony with air. Powerful wine (16+%) but not showing any heat. Great Zinfandel!
No formal note, but I remember remarking to Carolynn that this was the best '06 Zinfandel I've had. Plenty of fruit (which seems to be missing in a lot of the wines from this vintage) but not so much that it's stewed or raisiny or otherwise over-the-top. Well-balanced, I'd guess this will hold up for 2-3 years.
Had this for New Years Eve alongside a 2003 Ridge Indepedence School Zin. Although this was good, it had no chance to shine against the that wine. Big nose of Vanilla, Chocolate, cinnamon and blackberries. Full throttle wine, got some petrol with a bunch of "brambly" fruit and a nice long finish. Great structure to this wine. Although a good wine, it was overshadowed by the other Zin.
Concentrated, black rasberry and chocolate curocao poke out from under a heavy load of mountain tannin. A bit angular, but ripe, sweet and dusty. Loaded with acid to counterbalance the fruit, alcohol and extract. Great zin.