Amanda Schuster

Wine and spirits writer/consultant/marketer. Spirits expert w in depth knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese and Loire/Languedoc wines (you might say "bi-spiritual.") NYC born and bred food lover. Sometime jewelry designer. Overall broad about town.

Sean Thackrey Flight

Wines by legendary Cally cult winemaker Sean Thackrey, all tasted at Astor Center 4/2/2012. 

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Sean Thackery Lyra Viogner (2010)
Comments: Smells like a spring garden, very sweet, floral and clean. Instead of the usual stone fruits, this is more pear and golden apple with a honeyed finish. Not overpowering with the floral aromatics.
Previously available for $42.34
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2 Sean Thackrey Red Blend California Pleiades XXI Old Vines (NV)
Comments: Perfect example of how to break the rules in style. This is a non-vintage blend of Sangiovese, Viognier and Pinot Noir. Turns out these tastes taste great together, and you don't need to declare a vintage! Stewy spices - dill, mint, bay leaf - toasty vanilla, sweet cherries, a little chutney-like. Sounds crazy, but it totally works!
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3 Sean Thackrey Pinot Noir Marin County Andromeda Devil's Gulch Ranch (2009)
Comments: Cally Pinot Noir with a real point of view. Bright, ripe cherries on the nose, but instead of the usual, heavy Cally vanilla oak, this is rounded out with herbal notes of pine needle and eucalyptus, with some earth and sweet pipe tobacco. Kept coming back to it. This might age wonderfully too.
Previously available for $64.95
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4 Sean Thackrey Petite Sirah Mendocino County Sirius Eaglepoint Ranch (2009)
Comments: Herbal and a bit medicinal on the nose, but fruit emerges on the palate - blueberry, black cherry - dark chocolate, eucalyptus and sage. All perfectly balanced. This can be consumed now, or even in 20 years!
Average price: $44.99 from 6 stores
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5 Thackrey Sean Orion Old Vine Rossi Vineyard (2005)
Comments: Ok, I'm convinced! A Cally cult wine actually worth the hype. Flowery, sweet smells on the nose giving way to blueberry and white chocolate, earth, licorice and mint. Nothing too glaring or pointy, all frolicking on the palate nicely. Great one for the cellar as this will last a long while, but how can you stand to wait?
Previously available for $59.95
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  • 87843napagirl68 Nice!


  • 870341Amanda Schuster Thanks! Was lucky to have the opportunity to drink those in his company.



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