Sean Thackrey Pleiades XXI Old Vines


Name of wine:
  Sean Thackrey Pleiades XXI Old Vines (Red blend, Bolinas, California) Alcohol 14.9%

Price paid:  $25

Where purchased:  Vino!, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  This one’s got legs!  Nice, long, legs.  The label says “California Red Table Wine”, but I think it’s more like one of the most wonderful eclectic red blends I have ever had.  This wine is special.  It’s magical!   Thank you Sean Thackrey!  I hope to one day try all of your out-of-this-world/not-of-this-Earth bottlings, from Andromeda to Sirius to Orion.  Drink now or let it age for a bit.  This is a blend of Syrah, Sangiovese, Mourvèdre, Barbera, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Viognier, among others.  Tasted August 4th, 2012.

Color:  The color reminds me of Pinot Noir.  And rumor has it that XXI is more sangiovese than pinot.  It is filtered and translucent.  Like black cherry juice.

Nose:  Sweet raisins.  As it opened up I detected the fragrance of black curant and a lot more.  Quince paste, definitely quince paste!

Palate:  Firm tannins. Silky-smooth mouth feel.  A medium finish, but highly complex and wonderful blending.  A mouthful of sublime fruit explodes in every sip.

Food:  You could drink this one by itself all day long.  A great food pairing would be roast beef or prime rib with horseradish and au jus.

Winemakers notes:  (From Sean Thackrey)

None.

 

UPDATE: New release for 2012: Sean Thackrey Pleiades XXII Old Vines!

What is your favorite Red Blend?

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Beckmen Vineyards 2009 Estate Syrah Santa Ynez Valley

Beckmen Vineyards 2009 Estate Syrah Santa Ynez Valley - Wine Review


Name of wine:
  Beckmen Vineyards 2009 Estate Syrah Santa Ynez Valley (100% Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, 1800 cases made)

Price paid:  $20

Where purchased:  KL Wines, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  I love this wine!   This one you could enjoy on its own after work.  Beckmen is very reliable and really delivered in the 2009 vintage.  It was biodynamically farmed as well.  It is layered, deep, and concentrated.  Santa Ynez Valley AVA, which is part of the Central Coast AVA, includes Purisma hills and was the shooting location of the movie Sideways.   100% estate grown, produced, and bottled.  1800 cases produced.

Color:  Red garnet hue.

Nose:  Fruit forward and fragrant spice.  Slight olive scent.

Palate:  Sharp tannins. Smooth and light mouth feel.  Plum skin notes.  Noticeable acidity.

Food:  A lighter body Syrah, great with pizza, spaghetti with red sauce or hearty cheeses.

Winemakers notes:  (From beckmenvineyards.com)

  • 100% estate grapes from our biodynamically farmed Purisima Mountain Vineyard
  • Made from 11 individual lots consisting of eight different clones of Syrah, with 2-4 rootstock possibilities, depending on soil composition, to achieve multiple layers of flavor
  • Individual vineyard lots were destemmed and hand sorted whole-berry for greater purity of flavor
  • Grapes were gently crushed and cold-soaked for 2-5 days to extract color and taste-enhancing phenolics
  • Fermentation took place with native yeast in open tops for a period of 5-10 days, depending on the lot
  • The caps were punched down by hand three times daily
  • Grapes were gently basket-pressed
  • The wine underwent spontaneous native malolactic fermentation in-barrel to integrate fruit and oak character
  • The wine was barrel aged for 10 months in 35% new French oak
UPDATE:  I just tried the 2010 Beckmen Vineyards Estate Syrah Santa Ynez Valley and like it even more!

What is your favorite Rhone Varietal?

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