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2017 Outpost True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific


96Jeb Dunnuck

...tons of ripe dark fruit, dark chocolate, roasted herbs, and underbrush-like aromas and flavors...full-bodied richness, a powerful, mouthfilling texture, and sweet tannins...

94Vinous / IWC

A rush of dark chocolate, lavender, cloves, graphite and, heady wine loaded with complexity and nuance.

94James Suckling truffles, mushrooms, sweet herbs, currants and blackberries. Black olives, too. Full-bodied, layered and rich with chewy tannins and a long,flavorful finish. Wonderful length and intensity.

93-95The Wine Advocate

It positively leaps from the glass with warm cassis, blackberry pie and blueberry preserves notions, backed up by touches of fried herbs, scorched earth and cigar box. Full, firm and taut, with a lovely line of freshness plus loads of savory accents, it finishes with great length and loads of layers.



Outpost is near the top of Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. The 42-acre estate was founded in 1998 by Terry and Juli Pringle. A few years later is was purchased by Frank and Kathy Dotzler. Winemaker Ehran Jordan made the debut 1998 vintage, but Thomas Rivers Brown is now the winemaker. The estate makes Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache but it has earned a special acclaim for its Zinfandels. Wine Advocate has noted that “Outpost wines have very distinct personalities, and stand quite apart from most of what is being made in Napa Valley today, especially when it comes to Grenache, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.”


United States, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain

Howell Mountain AVA in Northeastern Napa Valley was the first of Napa Valley’s sub-appellations, earning its own designation in 1984, just a year after Napa Valley became an appellation. As the name suggests, the AVA is in one of the highest elevations in the area. Every vineyard in the appellation is at least 1,400 feet above sea level. Some vineyards are as high as 2,200 feet and because of their altitude most of the AVA’s vineyards receive more sun than vineyards at lower elevations, which are affected by fog from the Pacific Ocean and the San Pablo Bay. Howell Mountain was home to vineyards in the late 19th century, but winemaker Randy Dunn is considered the area’s most influential modern pioneer. Dunn moved to Howell Mountain in 1979, acquired property and began making exceptionally rich Cabernet Sauvignon. The AVA also grows Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. There are 600 vineyard acres within Howell Mountain AVA.


Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.