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.

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