The nose is fresh raspberry and cherry cola with coriander and a hint of sage, clove and camp fire smoke. The palate entry is figs and cranberries with a hint of sage and tangerine, finishing with cherry jubilees, a hint of smoke and a soft, elegant finish.
Vintage and Winemaker Notes
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2015 Outcast OML Red Wine, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County
The Outcast OML, with a “left in the barrel until its perfect” mentality, is built each year from whatever our winemaker is drinking personally in the cellar; we want an accessibly forward wine with smooth elegance. Grenache is its back bone in 2015. A main grape of the Rhone Valley in France, the 2015 OML over delivers ripe red fruits, a rich mid-palate and a long graceful finish. Only 225 cases of this jewel were created.
2015 continued the below average rainfall resulting in small grape clusters with tiny berries. Gentle steady summer temperatures with only a few heat spikes helped develop flavors slow and evenly resulting in longer than normal hang times, creating rich, concentrated wines with nice brightness.
An early morning pick, followed by hand sorting and whole berry destemming. The berries rested for 3 days prior to fermentation. The warm fermentation brought out intense berry fruit flavor. Sur lies aged for 6 months with an additional 11 months of barrel aging in 20% new French Oak (Rousseau) and 80% well-seasoned neutral oak.
Winemaker: Brian Graham
Location:Sonoma County, California
Founded over 11 years ago as an overzealous dream by 3 good friends. Outcast focuses on small, exclusive lots of grapes from vineyards of very special distinction. 3 years ago Peter, Anuj, and Alex brought on Napa and Sonoma Valley’s winemaking native Brian Graham with over 20 years of experience. The goal was simple - to take their dream to the next level. Making even better wines from even better vineyards all the while keeping in true focus the art of quality for an exceptional price as the principle tenant. OML was created to serve as one of the wines focusing on that specific purpose. Each year is different in its own right, this value wine over delivers by leaps and bounds.
With a Sonoma Valley focus~
We recognized early on the there was a hole in the market for Napa style wines made from the exceptional quality farming and terror of the Sonoma Valley. With this in mind we continue to seek out the very best of the very best, the farmers that spare no expense, delivering the grapes that we need to create these wines. A true partnership.
@PatrickKarcher Hi Patrick, No distribution problems this is a winery only wine for our wine club that generally never leaves home, only a few places out side of California have the wine. Great chance to check out a really cool wine without having to come to Sonoma.
I don’t know anything about this wine but can say that back in the wine.woot days, I was a LabRat on some 2008 Caravel Reserve Zinfandel that was made by Outcast Wines and really liked it (and bought a 4-pack). One of my favorite Zins, in fact.
One of the nice things about living in the same state as the casemates headquarters is you sometimes get called on to Rat a bottle that’s already for sale. That is the case here.
I received the bottle today after work and after a brief dinner with the kids we were off to a church event. Got home this evening and got the kids to bed and had about 10 minutes to swish and spit and check this bottle out prior to leaving for the hockey rink.
FYI - I use the De Long wine notes journal to help provide structure for note taking. Mine is covered in WW and CS stickers .
Also, my Ah-So bit the dust and a prong snapped off for this rattage.
Notes from 8:45 before hockey.
Color: Medium/deep ruby edging on purple. No sediment to speak of.
Aroma: Young expressive nose of crushed blue/black fruits, a bit floral. Maybe a bit of wet stone as well. No real noticeable alcohol or wood.
Taste: Dry, medium bodied, rounded moderate tannins, very flavorful, with good acid, I marked it as fresh. Juicy red fruits, some moderate alcohol, and very light use of oak.
Overall: The wine has some richness to it that is not entirely explainable but comes across as very fruity but not a fruit bomb, very smooth and silky yet doesn’t feel engineered. I had guessed Grenache or Mouvedre and looks like I was right. Really nice, delicious wine.
Notes from 11:30 post hockey.
Similar nose, a bit more subdued fruit but am definitely noticing the floral aspect to the wine more than before. the alcohol and wood seem about the same.
Taste: Loving it, great fruit, good structure, acidity is maybe a bit much for sipping (maybe an even better food wine) but the richness and smoothness is still there and will remind you of wines at much higher price points.
I really enjoy Grenache as a single varietal and blended and this was right in my wheel house. I think its well made and well worth the price offered here.
Ahh, ok. Don’t know if we will be getting back to MI anytime soon but we stayed in Holland a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Went up and down the East coast of Lake Michigan visiting wineries. I think my favorite winery and wine was the Marquette from 12 Corners.