Black Sears vineyards lie nestled high among wild oak forests at the very top of Howell Mountain, one of the loftiest localities in all of Napa Valley. Far above the fog-line, at just over 2400 feet, this is the highest vineyard on the mountain and is farmed both organically and biodynamically. As a result , Black Sears is able to produce some of the most concentrated, spicy, and intriguing expressions of mountain-grown Zinfandel in California.
With its deep purple opalescent hue, Black Sears Estate Zinfandel is a stunningly well-integrated wine that expresses the character of the vineyard both effusively and explicitly. Each sip is a quick trip up to the top of Howell mountain with a picnic lunch in tow. Inside the briary basket you’ll find hints of five-spice, white pepper and anise, (as in a well-seasoned roast), blackberries, even a few forest mushrooms, all wrapped up in the vinous version of a silk napkin. But at the core its the altitudinous acidity, like the brisk breeze of the mountaintop itself, that keeps all these flavors so lively in the mouth.