Thomas Rivers Brown

Hestan Vineyards (Beginning with ‘09 vintage)

Since moving to Napa Valley from Sumter, South Carolina in 1996, Brown has established himself as one of Napa’s most exciting winemakers.

After three years as assistant winemaker to Ehren Jordan at Turley, he went out on his own as a consulting winemaker in 2000. His first two clients, Outpost and Chiarello, are now part of an impressive portfolio that includes: Maybach, Schrader and his own label, Rivers Marie.

Brown’s “no holds barred” approach to making uncompromising wines has resulted in effusive praise from the wine press, including unprecedented double 100 point scores from the Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker for the 2006 Schrader “Old Sparky” and CCS Cabernet Sauvignons and double 99 point scores from James Laube for the 2006 Schrader “Old Sparky” and T6 Cabernet Sauvignon, representing the highest blind tasting scores ever awarded an American winery by Wine Spectator Magazine.

In 2009 Thomas joined the Hestan Vineyards winemaking team, taking over production of the winery’s critically acclaimed Hestan Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.