Outpost Wines

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Outpost Wines

When is being “out”, in? When you enjoying Outpost wines of course! I became acquainted with Outpost Wines over five years ago and knew immediately they were on a path to destiny. Outpost is located near the top of Howell Mountain at 2,200 feet elevation.

The owners Frank and Kathy Dotzler, started Outpost in 1998 on this sloped hillside comprising 28 acres. What they have accomplished with their Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Grenache, etc., is nothing short of remarkable. With Thomas Rivers Brown at the helm of the winemaking, the wines continue to garner acclaim. Dry farming and being totally organic are their mantra at Outpost.


Going back to their 2009 Cabernets, some of the ratings were in the “93 range“. Even then the potential of their Cabernet Sauvignon was ready to blossom. On their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon True they received a score of 99 points from Parker. This vintage was aged in 90% new French oak and only 250 cases were produced. The “step-sister” Cabernet Sauvignon Estate was rated 95+.

I have spent some time with Frank discussing their Grenache and whole stem clustering which produced a wonderful spicy and peppery bouquet. I am now a “major advocate” of whole cluster soakings! The Zinfandel is a hearty and mouthful Zin. They produce around 1,100 cases a year and is a force to be reckoned. Both their True Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache made my Top Wines of 2015 (see tab on home page Top Wines of 2015).



On property they produce other wines and would encourage a visit. Not only are the views spectacular, the hospitality of KC and Brent will astound you. The tasting room can be both inside and outside, pending weather conditions. Parker called their pricing, the “least ego driven” in Napa Valley—a rarity in today’s fine wine market.


While you are there ask KC, Brent or Frank the story about this painted bull on the property…….



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