Red

2013 Outpost Cabernet Sauvignon True Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Howell Mountain
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Community Tasting Notes 25

  • mtolerico Likes this wine: 96 points

    October 6, 2019 - Similar to the last time I had this, really nice big boy mountain fruit cabernet, should get better in 4-5 years, but I keep opening it sooner expecting a different result...

  • WineBurrowingWombat Likes this wine: 96 points

    September 14, 2019 - Nose: Soft spice, slight graphite minerality, deep earth, some oak with lush red (with slight bitter cranberry skins) and purple fruits. There's a lifted floral note and I'm getting a clean, fresh pond note. With some time and rigorous swirling, the fruits become creamier (trying not to just say vanilla).

    Palate: Rich, brooding dark purple fruits with matching deep earth, a lacing of minerals like wet rocks, clean oak and some spice on the finish. Similar creamy purple fruits with time in the glass.

    A dark, almost black Ruby. Dry with medium-plus amounts of strong, firm tannins. Medium to medium-plus body with medium amounts of acidity. Good finish of about 12-15 seconds. Definitely decant this, don't be lazy like me. So hard to describe.. this wine is very purple-ish and has a grungy, fruit texture to it (in a good way.. but I say that probably because I noticed a lot of sediment in the bottle). Straight out the wine fridge and into a pop and pour, the wine seemed to come off a little brighter and juicier. With rigorous swirling in the glass for about 30+ minutes, it becomes something dark, rich and smooth (the past few days have been warm so this came to room temp a little quicker than normal). The fruit carries out forwardly throughout the entire time, seems to balance everything out. Enjoyable now but keep for a few more years before enjoying if you can (estimating 2-3 years for everything to really start working well with each but can obviously go way longer). If enjoying now, decant for at least an hour and let it come to room temperature before serving. As always, try a small glass prior to decanting to see the evolution.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • mtolerico Likes this wine: 95 points

    May 3, 2019 - Definitely getting better, but needs time. Dark red and black fruit, camphor, cooking spices, licorice, medium+ tannins, great mouthfeel but needs to calm down a bit. Very good.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • csimm1161 wrote: 98 points

    December 24, 2018 - Much improved since I last toyed around with this wine in early Spring. After about an hour of air, this gorgeous Cabernet really started to open up and develop complex flavors, wave after wave over the palate. Blackberry, blueberry, black raspberry, black licorice, asphalt, campfire, river rock, and black mulch. The minerality here is especially elevating, hurling the massive black core along a powerful trajectory that coats the mouth front front to back. The finish is hauntingly gothic and beautifully long.

    The final sips were the best. Hold for another year+ if you can.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • WineGold wrote: 97 points

    November 22, 2018 - Consistently fabulous. Drank on Thanksgiving again a 2013 Quivet Beckstoffer Las Piedras and a slightly overmatched 2014 Carter Fortuna vineyard.

    This was easily the wine of the night for everyone at the table. Described as “velvet” and “explosive” by guests (competing adjectives, right?). Beautiful blue and black fruit on the nose announces you’re at a different level here. The fruit and tannin are in harmony already but there’s no denying this is a big, bold, layered wine. Pepper and earth mingle with the fruit. The finish lasts a full minute. Exceptional, again.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2013
  • Type Red
  • Producer Outpost
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard True Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Howell Mountain

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  • Pending Delivery 5 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,445 (85%)
  • Consumed 256 (15%)

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