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Charles Thomas

Winemaking

For over 30 years, Charles Thomas has been a dynamic force in Winemaking in Napa Valley.  His relentless pursuit of excellence has fostered innovative viticultural practices, driven by his involvement and passion for vineyards. Charles was responsible for the Robert Mondavi Reserve and Napa Valley wines from the 1980’s until 1994, and the first twelve vintages of Opus One were produced under his watchful eyes.  He redefined Kendall-Jackson’s Cardinale, and launched Lokoya and Verite.  For five years, he produced exceptional wines at Rudd Oakville and Edge Hill.  Most recently, since 2007, he has overseen the modernization of the vineyards at Quintessa, creating wines of unprecedented quality from the estate.  He is also partner and Winemaker for Longtable Wines – which produces outstanding Rhone blends grown at the nearby Longtable Vineyard on Mount Veeder.


 

Lili Hsi Thomas

Marketing

A Napa resident since 1965, Lili Hsi Thomas has watched the valley grow into the legendary wine region it is today (her maiden name – Hsi – is pronounced like the English word ‘she’).  Throughout her three decades in the wine business, she has held management and executive positions in sales, marketing and wine education at some of the most respected wineries in the industry including Kendall-Jackson, St. Supery, Robert Mondavi Winery and Sterling.  Lili has lectured at the top graduate business schools in the country, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia and University of Pennsylvania.   She is also a partner in Longtable Wines


 

Will Thomas

Viticulture

In addition to his responsibilities at Thomas-Hsi, Will Thomas is currently the viticulturist for the Lytton Springs and Geyserville estates at Ridge Vineyards.  Will was raised on the family vineyard, and thus feels most comfortable in the presence of grapevines.  He attended UC Davis and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Enology, as well as a Master’s degree in Viticulture.  Recently, he earned a Master’s of Business Administration in Wine Business at Sonoma State University.  Will takes great pride in being an organic and sustainable winegrower, drawing on vineyard and cellar experience at Merryvale Vineyards, Vineyard 29, Cakebread Cellars and Integrated Winegrow-ing.  He and his wife Nikki reside in Napa with their two children, both of whom are harvest babies.

 
 

Industry Acclaim

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Praise for Thomas-Hsi Cabernet Sauvignon & THV Proprietary Red Wine

Restaurant Wine
  "The 2013 Cabernet is a fleshier, richer wine—and outstanding in quality."

"The 2013 Cabernet is a fleshier, richer wine—and outstanding in quality."

  "The 2013 THV is astounding in quality—one of the red wines of the vintage and probably Charles Thomas’ best-ever wine (out of hundreds he has produced)."

"The 2013 THV is astounding in quality—one of the red wines of the vintage and probably Charles Thomas’ best-ever wine (out of hundreds he has produced)."

 
 

 
 

97 Points from California Wine Advisors

2012 Thomas-Hsi Cabernet Sauvignon

"This is a glorious example of micro-production Cabernet at its best! The bouquet is intense, offering plenty of blackberry, crème de cassis, crushed violets, and anise. There is a distinctive mountain quality here, with pure dark fruit, briary notes, baking chocolate and youthful structure. This wine is densely packed right now and will continue to age gracefully in the cellar for a decade or more!"


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Praise for Winemaker Charles Thomas

James Laube, Wine Spectator

“Charles Thomas... one of California’s best winemakers”


 

Praise for Winemaker Charles Thomas

Robert Parker

Charles Thomas, an articulate, brilliant... man ... A star winemaker


 

Praise for Winemaker Charles Thomas

James Laube, Wine Spectator

"Charles Thomas... a talented winemaker, having made excellent wines at Robert Mondavi, Jackson Family Estates and Rudd."


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Praise for Thomas-Hsi Cabernet Sauvignon

Frank Melis

"This is a truly remarkable wine. This wine is amazingly well-crafted and loaded with gorgeous flavors from start to finish. A real crowd pleaser, this 175 case estate-grown production. Because of the limited production, and the fact I was only allocated 5 cases of this wines, I can tell you that this wine will sell out fast. Don’t wait too long to get in your order! This is a wine that you can drink now (decant a good two hours before serving) and will cellar well for a good 10-15 years."