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Howell Mountain Vineyards

(707) 967-9676

In 1988, founders Jerre Sears and Joyce Black Sears, (owners of Black Sears Vineyard), and Mike Beatty, (owner of Beatty Ranch Vineyard), began producing wine under the Howell Mountain Vineyards label.

The Chow Family’s Rutherford Bench LLC bought the winery in 2005. Howell Mountain Vineyards produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel with grapes from Beatty Ranch Vineyard and Black Sears Vineyard.

Wines include the Black Sears Zinfandel, Beatty Ranch Zinfandel, Old Vine Zinfandel, Black Sears Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Beatty Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, and MTV Cabernet Sauvignon.

Beatty Ranch Vineyard is grown at an elevation of 1,800 feet above sea level. It is planted with 18 acres of Zinfandel and 14 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. Black Sears Vineyard is planted at 2,400 feet and sells grapes to several wineries including Howell Mountain Vineyards.

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Comments & Reviews

June 14, 2009 | Jerry Klein

It appears that Howell Mountain Vineyards may be having some problems. However, their wines (Zins & Cabs) are excellent. Trader Joe's may have purchased their existing inventories as some will be available soon at selected locations. I've tasted their '06 Black Sears Zin and the Lion & Bear Zin. My rating is 92+ points for both. :-)

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