I first met Mike Harris in 2007 and was introduced to his Napa Valley Harris Estate Cabernet Sauvignons when Mark Herold was their winemaking consultant. With the 2007 vintage, the wines were finished by another “Rock Star” winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown.
Harris Estate Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Only 328 cases were produced of this wine from the two and one-quarter acre Lakeview Vineyard on the Harris Estate, located in the microclimate known as Franz Valley in the northern part of Napa Valley near Calistoga. The vineyard is comprised of one acre of Clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, one acre Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon, and one-quarter acre Petite Verdot.
Wine critic Robert Parker in the Wine Advocate rated the wine 95 points and described it as: “Beautiful floral, blackberry, blueberry, wild mountain berry, and forest floor scents soar from the glass of this opaque purple-colored 2007. Velvety-textured and opulent with terrific fruit on the attack, mid-palate, and finish as well as admirable intensity and power, this seamless wine can be drunk now (because of its awesome purity of fruit), but should evolve beautifully for two decades or more.”
2007 was a historic vintage for Napa Valley Cabernets, and for California wines in general. When you have someone with the talents of Thomas Brown at the winemaking helm from a historic vintage, it’s time to pay close attention and add this wine to your cellar. ($110)
Thomas Brown – Winemaking Consultant
Thomas Brown’s rise to the top echelons of California winemaking did not happen over night. After working the harvest in 1997 with Kent Rasmussen, he became the assistant winemaker to Ehren Jordan at Turley Cellars, along with consulting for a number of select, high profile California wineries.
In addition to Harris Estate Vineyards, Thomas is also the winemaking consultant for Schrader, Outpost, Maybach, Two Hands, GTS (Tom Seaver’s label), as well as making wine under his own label, the revered Rivers Marie project focusing on Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Brown’s winemaking resume of producing highly rated wines over the past decade has solidified him as one of the top winemakers and consultants among collectors, and within California wine circles.