Sean H. Thackrey

Marin County, CA
United States

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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 Read more »

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