Gemstone Vineyard

Winemaker's Special Selection
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 21 | Lot No. 129
Vintage: 2015

Gemstone Vineyard

Winemaker's Special Selection

Cabernet Sauvignon

5 cases produced


  • The first wine made by our new winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, showcasing the pinnacle of our Yountville vineyard
  • Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon; blended with classic red wine varieties from our Yountville estate
  • Rich notes of black cherry, plum and cassis, with anise, dark cocoa and blueberries in this opulent wine
  • Approachable to enjoy early, but perfectly age worthy for the next two decades


Your Premiere Napa Valley wine was an opportunity for us to “premiere” our new winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. For your 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon wine, Thomas selected his favorite Cabernet Sauvignon barrel from this vintage and blended it with classic red wine varietals to create a wine with power, structure and elegance. Rich notes of black cherry, plum, cassis, with flavors of anise, dark cocoa, blueberries are present in this textured, opulent wine. The mouth feel is polished and full-bodied exhibiting sweet tannins that provide purity, density and a long finish. Expect this wine to evolve gracefully for at least two decades.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Thomas Rivers Brown

Winemaker, Gemstone

Winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown

We are fortunate to partner with winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, one of the most extraordinary talents in winemaking today. His non-interventionist approach aligns with our commitment to terroir, allowing our vineyard's character to guide the style of our wines. Originally from South Carolina, Thomas made his way to Napa Valley in the mid-1990s after graduating from the University of Virginia. His education in wine began while working as a cellar hand and lab enologist for winemaker Ehren Jordan at Turley Wine Cellars in 1997. Since that time, Brown's wines have garnered spectacular critical and public acclaim, and he currently works with some of the most renowned wineries in Napa Valley.

Country born: USA

Education: Thomas graduated from the University of Virginia. His education in wine began while working as a cellar hand and lab enologist for winemaker Ehren Jordan at Turley Wine Cellars in 1997.

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Thomas takes a non-interventionist and site specific approach to making wine. His focus is always on the vineyard shining through in the wines.

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