MIchael James got it's start in 2007 as two friends were sharing an idea of a small, hands-on wine project. We are singularly focused on producing cabernet sauvignon from Howell Mountain.

Through our experience, we've found that the best wines come not from simply great vineyard sites but are made with minimal intervention and maximum attention. As winemakers, we simply steward this process so that the wine is a true reflection of place and time. Our wines are crafted on a human scale, in small lots, and by utilizing the resources that nature has provided. We feel this is the best way to truly represent the vintage. We support and praise our fellow family farmers and winemakers who craft wines in this manner.

We source our fruit from Beatty Ranch in the Howell Mountain appellation. Ranging between 1720 to 1800 ft elevation, the 32 acre Beatty Ranch sits above the fog and at the heart of Howell Mountain. So much so that the Howell Mountain AVA came to be with the help of Randy Dunn (Dunn Vineyards), Bill Smith (La Jota Vineyards) and topographic maps of the area spread on Mr. Beatty’s dining room table. This vineyard has a long history as some zinfandel blocks date back to before Prohibition. The cabernet sauvignon blocks that we source from were planted 40 years ago making these cabernet vines some of the oldest on Howell Mountain.

Thank you for discovering us and supporting small winemakers like ourself.

Limited availability. Winemaking without compromise.


Michael Dekshenieks, Proprietor
Jim Heiser, Winemaker