Sean Thackrey Orion 2010 California Native Wine Rossi Vineyard St Helena


Name of wine: Sean Thackrey Orion 2010 California Native Wine Rossi Vineyard St Helena

(Rhone-style field blend, St. Helena AVA, California) Alcohol 15.2%

Sean Thackrey, Bolinas, California

Price paid:  $90 Buy Now

Where purchased:  Vino!, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  This bottle is truly sublime.  Like no other wine that I have ever tasted before.  The fruit gets bigger with each sip.  One jammy mouthful after another.  Think Châteauneuf-du-Pape California-style.  A Rhone-style field blend  11 Varietals planted in the Rossi Vineyard. Tasted September 29th, 2012.

Color:  Medium clear.  The color of aubergine.

Nose:  Moderate nose.  Needs time to open up.  Please give this one some time!  Earthy chalk.  Woody. With a high note.

Palate:  Dry with some fruit.  Tannic with 15.2% alcohol.  Wonderfully chalky and unfiltered.  A noseful of quince.

Food:  This was my choice for this year’s birthday bottle, so I went BIG!  We paired it with our famous prime rib pot roast with organic vegetables.  Deee-vine!  Yes, you read that right.  Prime.Rib.Pot.Roast.

Winemaker notes:

From Sean Thackrey’s Wikipedia entry.:

Thackrey’s flagship wine is Orion (Sean Thackrey Orion Rossi Vineyard St. Helena California Native Red Wine), produced from 1986-1990 using Syrah grapes from Arthur Schmidt’s old vine vineyard near Yountville until this was bought by Clarke Swanson,[7] and since 1992 from the 5-acre (2.0 ha) Rossi vineyard in St. Helena, planted in 1905. Thackrey is uncertain what grape varieties are in the field blend, as UC Davis researchers have attempted a vineyard test without certain conclusions.[5]

The St. Helena AVA is located in the northern end of Napa Valley.  It is thought that 11 different varietals have been planted in the Rossi Vineyard since 1905.  The vineyard is thought to be dominated by Syrah that was once planted in CôteRôtie.

Have you tried any Châteauneuf-du-Pape?  You must check this one out soon as it is extremely limited each year.

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com

Owen Roe 2010 Sharecropper’s Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley


Name of wine: Owen Roe 2010 Sharecropper’s Cabernet Sauvignon

(100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley AVA, Washington) Alcohol 13%

Cellared and bottled by Sharecropper’s Wine Co., Saint Paul, OR

Price paid:  $15 Buy Now

Where purchased:  K & L Wines, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  Medium viscosity and a skim milk mouth feel.  Release Date: June 2012. Tasted September 28th, 2012.

Color:  Clear, bright, and deep ruby-red hue.

Nose:  Spice, dried cherries, and red currant.  Faint essence of rose hips.

Palate:  Off-dry and medium bodied.  Medium-high tannins and lower alcohol (13%).  Medium finish length.  Medium complexity.

Food:  Had this one with wild mushroom, cornmeal crust pizza and an organic garden salad with thick and creamy blue cheese dressing.  A well-balanced pairing!

Winemaker notes:

From the Owen Roe website.:

The History
During the economic recession of 2001, and Owen Roe’s first couple
vintages as a winery, Washington growers were facing hardship in selling
their fruit, come harvest time. At Owen Roe, we wanted to help our farming
friends and prevent missing out on such well-tended, beautiful fruit. We
were presented with the difficult and costly purchasing of grapes to
process, cellar and bottle, waiting several months to recover our costs on
the finished wine. To overcome this obstacle, we decided to bring back the
historical business practice of sharecropping, resulting in the aptly named
wine, “Sharecropper’s.” This partnership meant that Owen Roe would take
the fruit, make the wine and once it was sold, share the profits with our
growers. This remains an important part of our history and due to the
success of this wine; we are now able to pay our growers upfront.

The Columbia Valley AVA is located in Eastern Washington State.  A “sharecropper” is a farmer who works someone else’s land in exchange for room and board plus a share of the crop proceeds.

Have you experienced any Washington State cabernet from the Columbia Valley?  These wines are big and beautiful and not to be missed!

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com