On Monday, I visited Outpost, a winery on Howell Mountain, east and above the Napa Valley floor. It is home to perhaps a dozen or more wine companies, including Schrader, Maybach and Outpost.
I met with Thomas Brown, of Rivers Marie, who makes Schrader's Cabernets and Outpost's Zinfandels. We took a short drive from Outpost to Black Sears winery, where Brown cellars his wines. What made the tasting of Brown's wines special was Brown's discussion about the inherent stylistic disparities within his own label.
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