W I N E M A K I N G
James Laube of Wine Spectator says of Winemaker Thomas Brown, “When Napa Cabernet is debated, Brown’s name is increasingly mentioned. Of all the spectacular Cabernets made in the past decade, his is one of the most inspiring collections. Since 2000, he has made 37 individual bottlings of Cabernet Sauvignon for Schrader Cellars. Twenty have earned ratings of 95 points or higher on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale, including a pair of 100-point 2007s. Ninety-one is the lowest score in the bunch. Brown’s Cabernets are opulent and polished, offering layers of dark berry and toasty integrated oak.”
Thomas Rivers Brown was hired as our winemaker in 2007. At that time, Thomas hand-selected top quality bench-grafted budwood for many of the clones to replant the majority of our 12 acre vineyard in Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Valley.A 2.3 acre portion of the vineyard – which had been planted in 1999 – was not disturbed and has continued to bear excellent fruit and make high point scoring wine – which has a remarkable nose, mouthfeel, and finish. In the early morning hours of harvest, our fruit is transported to Tamber Bey winery, where it begins its transformation into exquisite wine.
“If a winemaker can only be as good as his grapes, that explains part of Brown’s success, as he is working with a variety of top sites. His aim is to taper the style to the terroir. Those who know Brown say he’s intuitive, a good listener, confident without being arrogant, and wise beyond his years,” says Laube.