Thomas Rivers Brown
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Winemaking

For more than a century, Napa Valley’s Rutherford region has been recognized for producing wines of rare depth and complexity, most notably rich and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. At Round Pond we pay tribute to the personality of our estate vineyards by crafting wines that reflect the charm and sophistication of this extraordinary appellation.  Made from select blocks of our best estate fruit, our wines embody the essence of a terroir-inspired, Californian winemaking philosophy.

From our commitment to vine balance to our gentle winemaking approach, the wines of Round Pond Estate benefit from loving attention that includes small lot fermentation and patient aging. In the vineyard we harvest at peak ripeness, handsorting and destemming the fruit before applying a gentle press and cold soak. In order to extract rich colors, aromas and flavors, we emphasize extended maceration of the grapes.  Alongside these artisan techniques we also employ cutting-edge technology, like our custom-built fermentors, which continuously regulate temperature to within a fraction of a degree ensuring control and quality. Adding additional layers of depth and nuance, our barrel-aging program utilizes the very finest French oak coopers.

We believe that the best wines are born in the vineyard. Because we begin with some of the finest winegrapes in the world, as winemakers our goal is not to construct a personality for Round Pond wines, our aim is to allow each Round Pond wine to find its own expressive voice.

Thomas Rivers Brown

Thomas Rivers Brown, Consulting Winemaker

Our Consulting Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown is one of the most exciting young talents in Napa Valley. Born in Sumter, South Carolina, Thomas developed an interest in wine while at the University of Virginia. Later he expanded his knowledge of wines from all the world’s great regions while working at All Seasons Wine Shop in Calistoga. Beginning at Turley Estate in the late 1990s, and continuing today at Schrader, Maybach Cellars, Outpost and his own project, Rivers-Marie, he crafts beautiful wines that speak of the land and conditions that created them.

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