2018 Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain, USA
Rated 95 Points Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Zinfandel isn't far off the style of the Grenache yet has plenty of classic Zin character as well. Blue fruits, peppery herbs, sandalwood, tobacco, and assorted spice notes all emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a rounded, layered texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. This is a gorgeous Zinfandel, and like the Grenache release, it’s a singular wine. Drink it over the coming 10-12 years as well.
Rated 91 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made from 100% Zinfandel, the 2018 Zinfandel is deep garnet-purple colored, sashaying out of the glass with bold, open-knit scents of warm blackberries, cracked pepper, spice box and raspberry pie, plus hints of hoisin and fruitcake. Full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-filling black fruit preserves flavors and a racy line, textured by chewy tannins, finishing long and spicy.