Black sears

At the End of the Road
The Top of the Mountain


A Message From Our Family


We believe that wine is a gift born of the farmer's ongoing conversation with nature. It is a gift whose only purpose is to encourage joy and foster communion - with one another, with the land, and with the Spirit that surrounds and binds us all.

These principles are the roots from which Black Sears vines grow. 



We produce 100%-varietal, estate-grown wines hand-crafted by Thomas Rivers Brown in small lots: highest elevation Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Zinfandel from Howell Mountain’s summit - signature reds that are both powerful and balanced, and always an uncompromising expression of Howell Mountain’s intrepid soul.

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Great wines should evoke a sense of place and an expression of time. At Black Sears, that sense of place is a wild, remote mountaintop our family calls Home. And the expression of time is measured both in vintages and in generations, where history and tradition find a modern interpretation. 

We invite you to share in the living history of this very special place, chronicled in vintages, bottle by bottle. 



We believe that the best way to experience a truly great wine is through the lens of its terroir: the dynamic interplay of the wine’s particular locale with its human elements. Understanding a wine’s origins will reveal new depths and dimensions to an already sensual and visceral experience. And if the wine is true to its origins, each subsequent bottle will have the ability to transcend space and time, to return you to the place where it was born.

So we invite you to discover this timeless piece of Howell Mountain, where twenty-four acres of vines are surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine wilderness and its many inhabitants. Where bears and mountain lions disrespect fences and property lines, and where the savagery of this raw and natural setting finds an artistic expression in each bottle of Black Sears Estate.