Outpost Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California) - [JS 96] [WA 95] [JD 94] [VM 93] [WS 93]

Outpost Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
(Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California) - [JS 96] [WA 95] [JD 94] [VM 93] [WS 93]


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About the winery:

Outpost was established in 1998 with the vision of producing wines that are a living, breathing embodiment of this magical place. Truly one of the world’s great Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel growing regions, the unique terroir of the Outpost vineyards – the hard, rocky red soil, high altitude, gentle cooling breezes and sunny western exposure – produces fruit of incredible intensity and richness, with a distinctive spice you simply cannot find anywhere else.

Capturing the essence of the land’s rugged terrain, Outpost creates world-class 100% varietal bottlings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Grenache from our own hand-cultivated, organically farmed 28 acre estate vineyard. We also produce a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and ‘Immigrant’ red blend, a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, from our 9 acre True vineyard.

About this wine:

Our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the very best vineyard blocks located between 1,800 and 2,200 feet in elevation. The guiding principle of our winemaking program is to realize the full potential of these unique pieces of land, to create a living history of vintages with immense character and a true sense of place. Outpost grapes are harvested late in the season - by hand, at dawn - to preserve the full intensity and distinctive spicy character of the mountain fruit. Grapes from each block within the vineyard are fermented separately so that our winemaking team can be very selective about the lots that comprise the final blend. Wines are neither fined or filtered allowing for the full expression of the vintages’ potential.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Ageing: 19 months in 80% new French oak barrels

Production: 2,345 cases

Winemakers: John Giannini & Thomas Rivers-Brown

Tasting Notes:
14.7% abv

Ratings & Reviews

96 Points - James Suckling:
"A classic mountain cabernet sauvignon with blackcurrants, crushed berries, and black earth. Full-bodied. Tannins that are completely integrated. Pine needle. Very typical cabernet character. Long finish. Drink or hold." - (12/22)


95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Outpost's 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% varietal, sourced from around the winery, plus some barrels from the True Vineyard that didn't make the cut for inclusion there. Just don't call it a second wine, as it's a beautiful effort in its own right, with wonderfully pure cassis fruit, accented with notions of vanilla and hints of dried herbs. Full-bodied, concentrated and rich, with a long, dusty, tannic (but ripe) finish, try it in four or five years and drink it over the following two decades." Joe Czerwinski (9/22)


94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"As for the three Cabernet releases, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has a medium to full-bodied, balanced, layered, and elegant style that just begs to be drunk. Giving up lots of blue fruits, bouquet garni, tobacco, and cedar, it will keep for 15-20 years if stored properly." - Jeb Dunnuck (12/21)

93 Points - Vinous:
"The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain) is an ample, voluptuous wine that will drink well right out of the gate. Super-ripe dark cherry, espresso, licorice, spice and copious new oak give the Howell Mountain Cabernet quite a bit of appeal. The 2019 is 2/3rds from the estate and 1/3rd from True. ." - Antonio Galloni (9/21)

93 Points - Wine Spectator: 
"Packs in a lot of plum, boysenberry and blackberry compote flavors supported by a racy graphite underpinning, with showy anise, fruitcake and Christmas pudding notes filling in for dramatic effect. Best from 2023 through 2034. 1,719 cases made." James Molesworth (5/22)