Winemaker, Pulido~Walker Estate Vineyard and Winery
One of the country’s top talents, Thomas was named 2010’s winemaker of the year by Food & Wine magazine. He has been in Napa since 1997, where he began his career at Turley Cellars and now makes wines for select premium labels. Over the last decade, Thomas has received not just one but ten 100-point Wine Advocate Parker scores to go along with two 100-point awards from Wine Spectator. Beyond generosity and roundness in tannins, his wines have few common traits and are very individual.
Country born: United States
Education: Thomas developed an interest in wine while studying History and English at the University of Virginia.
His new education began when winemaker Ehren Jordan at cult Zinfandel producer Turley Wine Cellars gave him an entry-level job in 1997.
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
Winemaking at Pulido~Walker is a strictly non-interventionist process that allows the wine to authentically reflect its origins. After several rounds of thinning throughout the growing season, we hand harvest the very best fruit from select blocks in each of our vineyards and treat it gently: carefully sorting, pre/post de-stemming, never crushing. The wine cold soaks and then ferments in small-lot tanks. We add no synthetic yeast, sulfur, acid, or enzymes and bottle without fining or filtration.
Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown eschews technology and the manipulations that contribute to sameness. Rather than following a set schedule, his process is dictated by smell and taste. We place our faith in the raw material the vineyard provides and step aside to let the terroir speak.