Star American Winemakers
Thomas Rivers Brown has become one of the most sought-after consulting winemakers in Napa Valley, making high-end Cabernet for 15 different labels at the Black Sears and Outpost wineries on Howell Mountain, with clients like Schrader and Maybach. There is even a Thomas Rivers Brown methoda non-interventionist style that eschews technology and, he says, "all those elements that contribute to sameness."
Bottle to seek out: Luscious 2009 Maybach Materium Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Pairing: Grilled Texas Rib Eye
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