Winemaker, Aloft Wine
One of the most sought after consulting winemakers in the world today, Thomas Rivers Brown began his winemaking career at Turley Wine Cellars in 1997. In 2000, Thomas joined the Schrader Cellars team, and by 2008, had made history as the youngest winemaker to score not just one, but two perfect 100-point ratings from Robert Parker at The Wine Advocate. That same year Schrader became the first and only winery to receive two perfect ratings in the same vintage.
By 2010 Thomas was titled Winemaker of the Year by Food & Wine Magazine.
Today Thomas crafts wine for a powerhouse portfolio of California wines at Outpost Cellars on Howell Mountain, including Schrader, Mayback and Aloft.
Thomas’ winemaking style forgoes technology and, he says, "all those elements that contribute to sameness"—but beyond a common generosity and roundness in the tannins, with terrior shining through, he says, "We pride ourselves on there not being a recognizable trait beyond the wine itself, and its place of origin.
Country born: United States
Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years
For this special barrel, Aloft’s winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, worked alongside Marc’s daughter and fourth generation winemaker, Angelina Mondavi - a rising star in her own right and currently the assistant winemaker at Hundred Acre - to create a mountain Cabernet that’s terrior-driven, complex and lush.