Nestled in the volcanic rocks on the top of Howell Mountain, Black Sears produces luscious wines from organic and biodynamically grown fruit. The vineyard is one of the highest in the county, at 2,400 feet above sea level. It sits well above the fog line to ensure a long growing season with warm days and cool nights, producing full-bodied, concentrated wines.
The first plantings on the property were to zinfandel vines in 1975. Today, well-respected winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, transforms these old zinfandel vines into luscious, lively, multi-layered wines with a distinct character showcasing the rugged mountain. The wine is fruit-forward, with blackberry, black plum, and boysenberry. However, it is not jammy. Instead, it is the perfect combination of refinement with rusticity.