The 2009 Grenache is a great example of how beautiful 100% can be. The wine
starts with a knock out perfumed nose that only Grenache can give you. The wine
possesses incredible nuance and layering that extends from the first smell to the
long finish. This is pure varietal character
and complexity to both the aromatics and finish. This is pure Grenache on the
palate, with unforgettable Howell Mountain characteristics of white pepper.

Growing Conditions

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.

is again a unique expression of Grenache and the place it is grown in.


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. The grapes are processed with as little manipulation as possible. 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 nor filtered allowing for the full expression of the vintages’ potential.

This wine is a blend of two fermentations one
that was 50% whole cluster and the other 100% whole cluster. The addition of whole cluster added varietal character and
complexity to both the aromatics and the finish.


100% Neutral Barrels; As in
the past, no new oak was used.