Sean Thackrey, Pleiades Old Vines XXVI, Red Blend CA Rhone Rangers NV

Bottle Size: 750ml

Rating: 88IWC

Year: NV

12 in stock

This Marin county iconoclast is a great scholar (didn’t graduate) a great photographer (didn’t study it) and an even better winemaker (consulting ancient texts for ideas). If you are searching for the great unknown in wines, this is not the label for you. The man has a huge following but continues to make this $20-ish gem using whatever blend he thinks will do the job. Mr. Thackrey reminds one of Bob Dylan, Karl Ove Knausgaard and Randall Grahm in one body.

The wine: Red and black fruits, smoked meat notes with soft tannins and good acidity.

Sean Thackery sources grapes from many locations throughout California, and makes all his wines by hand, touching every grape, at his small Bolinas winery. Self-taught, and fully reliant on his intuition and senses, Sean is the antithesis of corporate wine-making. Indicative blend: Syrah, Sangiovese, Mourvedre, Barbera, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Viognier, among others. Each release is labeled with Roman Numerals. 

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