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Wine Spectator -
August 15, 1998

"Vineyard owners Mike Beatty and Joyce and Jerre Sears teamed up to form Howell Mountain Vineyards in 1988. Beatty owns the 40-acre Beatty Ranch and sells most of his Cabernet and Zinfandel to Dunn and Cornerstone. Beatty's neighbors, the Searses, own the 25-acre Black Sears vineyard and sell grapes to a number of wineries including Turley Wine Cellars. Since 1994, with Ted Lemon of Littorai making the wines, they have produced some very good wines including the 1995 Howell Mountain Zinfandel (89, $16, 900 cases). A Beatty Ranch Cabernet and vineyard-designated Zinfandels from each of the two vineyards are coming soon. Production is 1,200 to 1,500 cases."

Wine Spectator -
August 11, 1997

89 pointsHowell Mountain Vineyards
Zinfandel Howell Mountain 1995

A ripe, high-octane style, with juicy plum and wild berry flavors, turning slightly hot on the finish where a peppery note comes through. Grapes come from Black Sears Vineyard.

The Insiders' Wine Line
Volume 2, Number 2

94 pointsThe 1995 Zinfandel, Black Sears Vineyard, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley has an exotic perfumed bouquet of blackberries, mulberries, cassis, red licorice, cracked black pepper, cedar and tobacco, with hints of mint and minerals. The berry, currants, spice, mint, licorice, chocolate flavors, with creamy, toasty nuances, are very complex, rich and succulent, followed by a long, fruity finish that lasts a good minute -- Fabulous -- Our highest recommendation -- Zin lovers call now.

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