Orion

Napa Valley, CA
United States

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Orion is the flagship wine produced by the esoteric, cult winemaker Sean Thackrey in Napa Valley, California. Later vintages of the wine are 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 Syrah. 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. Thackrey also employs a combination of high tech oenology with methods learned from studying books on Medieval winemaking. The result is a rich, expressive wine with bold flavors. These small production wines are much sought after, Read more »

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    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • I have a set of three wine stoppers.....marked "2002 Orion's." Would these be from Orion Winery in California or Orion Wines in Italy?? Anyone know?? Thanks very much.

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  • Estate Wine of Jersey Clos Vintage 2010

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    When I was recently on the island of Jersey I visited the La Mare Wine Estate [ ... ... grape types,Reichsteiner,Orion and Seyal Blanc.Reichsteiner was bred in 1939 and Orion in 1984 in Germany for cool climates and disease resistance and are most often used in Germany and England.Seyal Blanc was developed for similar reasons in France in the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Thackrey Sean Orion Old Vine Rossi Vineyard 2005

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    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? Read More

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster


  • Had one of those once in a lifetime days betting the ponies today.  With the winnings, i'm probably going to be budgeting up to $1500.00 on some more expensive wines I haven't been able to afford in the $80-$200 range.  Any suggestions?  I favor a right-bank bordeaux style for reds but also enjoy a medium bodied cabernet style, along with rhone ... Read More

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  • Li Veli Orion Salento IGT 2008

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    I had this wine in a restaurant last night. My first experience with Primitivo. I was very impressed with it's lush nose! Lovely wine for a lovely evening!! Read More

    Wine review by WineFueled


  • Li Veli Orion Primitivo Italy 2008

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    a very smooth, delicious wine, with good fruit; goes with any italian food, tomatoe-based, or meat, pasta. Outstanding value. Read More

    Wine review by brickerwein


  • Li Veli Orion Primitivo Italy 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by brickerwein


  • Sean Thackery Orion Syrah 1992

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    Wine review by peppoli


  • I posted a review recently on a wine called Solex Chardonnay.  I think I desecribe it accurately and was the first to review this wine.  I went back the following day and edited my review after tasting another glass.  To my amazement, I tasted LICORACE !  Is this possible? So I sipped it again and sure enough with the stone fruits of apricot the... Read More

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  • Hey all. I'm a wine reviewer, and I just launched an article on some pretty great Rhone blends from Calcareous Vineyards, out of Paso Robles. Plus, I'm going to be attending a Rhone Rangers tasting in a couple of days, so I've got the region on my mind. What are some of your favorite Rhone grapes, regions (New or Old World), and producers? This ... Read More

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  • Sean Thackrey Orion 2003

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    Wine review by mrslychee


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