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Sean Thackrey Pinot Noir Marin County Andromeda Devil's Gulch Ranch 2009

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"Long-time readers know I am a big fan of this underrated varietal in the Golden State, which also has a terrific track record of aging for 20-30 or more years when made in the manner such as Sean Thackrey's Sirius...One of California's most iconic and mystical winemakers, Sean Thackrey has logged in 20 or more vintages of consistently stunning wines that perhaps say it all with the simple quote on his label: -Sean A. Thackrey, Vintner, Bolinas, California." Robert Parker's Wine AdvocateA truly lovely pinot with full fruit aromas and flavors of red berries, cherries, some light spiciness. It is medium-bodied (as opposed to some CA fruit bombs). Long finish. A joy.

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Sean H. Thackrey:
Sean Thackrey is a cult winemaker in California known for his eccentric (though rather effective) approaches to oenology. He is an avid reader of ancient and Medieval texts, and this has influenced his unconventional techniques, including leaving grapes exposed outside “under the stars” for 24 hours while fermenting. His website includes an extensive online library of some of the ... Read more
Sean Thackrey is a cult winemaker in California known for his eccentric (though rather effective) approaches to oenology. He is an avid reader of ancient and Medieval texts, and this has influenced his unconventional techniques, including leaving grapes exposed outside “under the stars” for 24 hours while fermenting. His website includes an extensive online library of some of the early texts that inspired him.  Orion is his flagship wine, produced from a field blend from the Rossi vineyard, which has the distinction of growing old vine clones from pre-phylloxera Syrah. Many believe this is the truest expression of the grape since most of the ones in France became non-distinct hybrids due to the grafting initiative necessary to ward off the destructive mites (Syrah at one time had different classifications and clones in the Rhone, with each vineyard and appellation known for its unique strain of the grape. In the past century, for the sake of simplicity, all Syrah became classified as one grape). The other grapes in the blend have grown naturally there since at least 1905.    Other ancient poet and astroligically-influenced wines produced by Thackrey are Pleiades (a non-vintage experimental blend), Andromeda (Pinot Noir from Marin County), Taurus Cline Vineyard Mourvedre, Sirius Eaglepoint Ranch Mendociono County Petite Sirah and Aquila Eagle Point Ranch Sangiovese. According to Wikipedia, his total output per year is about 4,000 cases.  Read less

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Snooth User: Amanda Schuster
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4.00 5
04/03/2012

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.



"Long-time readers know I am a big fan of this underrated varietal in the Golden State, which also has a terrific track record of aging for 20-30 or more years when made in the manner such as Sean Thackrey's Sirius...One of California's most iconic and mystical winemakers, Sean Thackrey has logged in 20 or more vintages of consistently stunning wines that perhaps say it all with the simple quote on his label: -Sean A. Thackrey, Vintner, Bolinas, California." Robert Parker's Wine AdvocateA truly lovely pinot with full fruit aromas and flavors of red berries, cherries, some light spiciness. It is medium-bodied (as opposed to some CA fruit bombs). Long finish. A joy.

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