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)



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

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