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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  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Syrah

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Sean Thackrey Pleiades NV

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  • Sean Thackrey Petite Sirah Mendocino County Sirius Eaglepoint Ranch 2004

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  • I am a dyed in the wool fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlots, Sangiovese's and a few Chardonnays and Pinot Grigio's. I am trying to widen my spectrum to include Pinot Noir's. I live in the Pacific Northwest so the Pinot Noir's are readily available due to the large varieties from Oregon.Before I embark on purchasing some different brands I would l... Read More

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  • Sean Thackrey Petite Sirah Mendocino County Sirius Eaglepoint Ranch 2009

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    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! Read More

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster


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

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    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. Read More

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster


  • Sean Thackrey Red Blend California Pleiades XXI Old Vines NV

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    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! Read More

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster


  • These are beautifully crafted, full bodied wines reminiscent of a Rhone style in the Pleiades. The Sirius 2008 is a fully bodied, fruit forward wine with rich red cherry flavors bursting through. A lovely Petit Syrah from this Bolinas winemaker.

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  • Sean Thackrey Red Blend California Pleiades XV Old Vines

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  • Sean Thackrey "Pleiades Xix" Old Vine Red Blend NV

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    My favourite and most approachable of Thackrey's wines are his delightful Pleiades wines. Complex in the mouth, dark fruit, slight tannins, a bit of wood, a touch of barnyard - and the wine evolves throughout the evening into the morning, when you will be shocked that it is still drinkable and enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by Cameo Wood


  • As some of you might remember I´ve built an underground winecellar about 1 year ago:http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/building-my-underground-wine-cellar/The cellar is made of insulating concrete (basically like a swimming pool), which has the advantage of very stable conditions. My problem now is the temperature.Temperature balanced out at exact... 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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