Red

2014 Outpost Cabernet Sauvignon True Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Howell Mountain
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Community Tasting Notes 46

  • jeagle Likes this wine: 95 points

    May 16, 2021 - Decanted for two hours which proved insufficient so back to 8 splash decants to rough it up. Unlike the past two, this bottle has gone slightly sideways and stalled suggesting its progress is not in a straight line. Still wonderfully textured and nicely structured, the fruit was darker than previous encounters with a dominance of sweet coffee bean. Although I had hoped for a reprise of my last experience, this one lacked the complexity perhaps due to a different storage regimen. But it remained a lovely mouthful if a more reserved one at the moment.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • csimm1161 wrote:

    April 11, 2021 - Four years ago this wine was strutting it’s stuff in all sorts of interesting ways, most notably of course in the full-of-flavor department. This go-around I have to say I feel as though this is a perfect example of a ripe, opulent wine that over time has now become a really, really, really ripe wine. It carries a plum/raisin core that is mixed with some heavier spice notes. Another CT’er likens it to Caymus, to which I unfortunately don’t disagree.

    What was really rockin’ four years ago definitely became the candle that shines twice as bright and burns half as long. Now I feel like I’m left with a rotund and globby anthropomorphic Grimace shuffling over the palate with his purple butterball load. There is just no speed to speak of at all. Just.....ripe......ripe blueberry goo.

    Two hours in the decanter helped to smooth-ish things out, but the sissified spine combined with the dehydrated prune and squashed plum notes just made for a Stand By Me pie eating contest experience for me. At this point, I can’t even call this a “style” preference. This is just a 100 point wine on spring break that too-soon became a summer school bummer.

    Traditionalists would gladly cite this as another example of why Parkerization on the front end leads to disappointment on the back end. I don’t know about all that necessarily, but this flash-in-the-pan has already well exceeded its 15 seconds of fame in my book. Whenever the optimum window was here (perhaps within the first year of bottling??), I clearly missed it. Whoever says, “Just give it time,” I say good luck with that.

    Sorry to be a killjoy here my friends, but for a wine that is pulling $300-400 on the secondary market right now, this is acting like....um.... not that wine.

    7 people found this helpful Comments (29)
  • Encinitas_Joe Likes this wine: 98 points

    January 23, 2021 - Beautiful wine that will continue to get better! Decanted for two hours and then enjoyed for another two. Several tense moments trying to fairly divide the last drops of this remarkable wine.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Vino Me wrote: 89 points

    January 7, 2021 - Opened by Lost Verse. Inky red color. This had the softest tannins of the reds we tried. A buttery texture with cherry and iron notes. Give this time. 89+ points.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • AllRed wrote: 93 points

    December 31, 2020 - Courtesy of TLV. By this point notes were dwindling and becoming shorter. A bigger wine than the Ulysses, with loads of black fruit on the nose and palate. Brown sugar qualities as well. Very good in this style.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2014
  • Type Red
  • Producer Outpost
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard True Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Howell Mountain

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 17 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,612 (76%)
  • Consumed 482 (23%)

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