Winemaker Mike Smith dedicates himself to producing a high
Mike started his winemaking career under the direction of Thomas
Brown in 2001. Traveling from Portland Oregon, Mike worked each
crush "free of charge" to learn his craft.
Following his 3rd harvest, Mike accepted a full-time assistant
position from Thomas and moved his family to St. Helena. Today,
Mike continues to work with Thomas on several labels ( i.e.
Schrader, Rivers-Marie, Maybach, Outpost.) Mike started his own
projects at the Black Sears winery -The 12C wines are custom
crushed along side these greats...showcasing Mike's talents and
stylistic "purist" approach to winemaking.