The Zinfandel from 2008 features a firmer, more savory constitution than in years past. The fruit concentration is certainly there but it's the complexity that's the most striking element in this wine. Usually the brambly, briary aspect coupled with tannin shuts down the fruit component of this bottling for the first few years of the wine's life.
That's not the case here where all the nuances of the wines are in full balance. It's hard to say why but my guess is this is the best we've done managing tannins in the Zinfandel. Given how late we pick at Outpost, we were fully aware of the potential concentration and tannin capability present in 2008 when these grapes came into the
"A brilliant 2008 Zinfandel from Howell Mountain exhibits abundant notes of raspberries, briery mountain fruit and spice intermixed with good minerality and a medium to full-bodied, pure, long finish. Outpost has done a terrific job from this site, the old Lamborn Family Vineyard.
Proprietors Kathy and Frank Dotzler along with winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown have quickly pushed this estate high on Howell Mountain to one of the leaders of that appellation. These wines all possess considerable character and the 2008s have certainly lived up to my forecast from last year, especially the Cabernets, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel."
"Good deep red. High-toned aromas of plum, mocha, licorice, menthol, black pepper and exotic herbs. Plump, lush and sweet, with harmonious acidity framing the redcurrant and spice flavors. Finishes with substantial ripe, building tannins and repeating notes of pepper and menthol. This is creamier than usual for this consistently excellent zinfandel at this early stage but there's no shortage of structure or minerality here."
International Wine Cellar
"Dense and tightly wound, with minty black currant aromas and firm, complex flavors of dark plum, licorice and loam wrapped in tight tannins. Needs time. Best from 2012 through 2016. 950 cases made."