Sean Thackrey Pleiades Old Vines XXVIII California NV
"It's like a chef's special. You trust the chef so you're prepared to order the dish of the day…The object of Pleiades Old Vines is to be delicious, delight the jaded, and irritate the Wine Police.” --- Sean Thackrey
GO GO GO this is hyper-limited!
OK. Just….come here. Give me a hug. I’m shaking. PLEIADES? Sean Thackrey? Last Bottle? I tremble.
First, let me say this is my wife’s all time fave wine, so you know I’m getting 36 bottles. Second, let me say the man is of the planet's most iconic, offbeat, history-obsessed, well-dressed and brilliantly talented (and whimsical) winemakers (just look at his website or his Facebook to get the flavor). Sean is…basically…the antithesis of corporate wine-making. What might be in this blend?: Syrah, sangiovese, mourvedre, barbera, carignane, petite sirah, viognier, PLUS saurian brandy, pixie dust, moondust, spacedust and alien yeast from Jupiter, among others....just kidding, it’s normal grapes, but a different and unknown blend every year. Sean has made tons of high-scoring, collectible, and amazingly hard-to-find wines over the decades (all named after constellations, FYI). We’re just speechless* to have this jaw-dropper of a price!
PLEASE GET some. This really is iconic juice, and there's not a lot…
Any plans for Bolinas, CA? Go to Smiley’s and have a margarita. But buy this first at our WICKED-FINE price. Bolinas is where Sean started his label and to our palates this is one of the most approachable, delicious, impossible-to-stop-sipping releases yet (as you can see they are non-vintage wines - simply numbered). Crunchy-bright red fruits, rhubarb, raspberry, kirsch, licorice, red flowers, even a Chateauneuf-du-Pape-like note of sweet fennel…fresh and balanced and terrifyingly easy to NOT put down!! SO STOKED to have this in da house (for a bit anyway!). Happy Friday, yo!
* In fact, we are never actually speechless, as you’ve likely gathered.
This is a very fun and unique wine that I think is absolutely worth trying. I haven’t had anything quite like it, but the quality and complexity are quite profound. Quite an interesting wine to shake up some palate fatigue.
Technical DetailsCountry: United States
Varietal: Red Blends
Winemaker: Sean Thackrey
About The Producer
Thackrey & Co. (which is somewhat of a misnomer because it consists of practically only its founder, Sean Thackrey) is a small and esoteric winery located in Bolinas of Marin County, California. An art gallery director by trade, Sean transitioned into winemaking during the late 1970s and early 1980s and by modern standards is rather unconventional in his craft. Though he started with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the esteemed Fay Vineyard in Napa (now owned by Stag’s Leap), he found the varieties and resulting wine too “proper” and set out to purchase varieties like Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, and Syrah to broaden his horizons.
A big, juicy hamburger on toasted brioche and a bed of arugula. Topped with sauteed mushrooms and onions with a spicy and smokey BBQ sauce to finish off. Beer battered onions rings, or a light salad on the side.
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