Sean Thackrey "Pleiades XXI" Old Vine Red Blend

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If you try to find the exact cepage on this always-fantastic red blend, you might find yourself gazing up at the heavens for an answer, since you won't get one from the winemaker. Word has it, though, that the XXI contains more Sangiovese and Pinot Noir than recent bottlings, giving it a higher tone, redder fruit and a lighter body than previous versions. There are also lovely floral essences--gardenia and orange blossom--that suggest there's some Viognier in there, too. Tangy hibiscus, anise and the unmistakable Thackrey eucalyptus note round out this very pretty, soft and slightly savory wine. The Pleiades might be the only super allocated, cult California wine for under $25, and it's sure to sell out quickly, as previous vintages have. From "One of California's most iconic and mystical winemakers," says Robert Parker, "Sean Thackrey has logged in 20 or more vintages of consistently stunning wines that perhaps say it all with the simple quote on his label: -Sean A. Thackrey, Vintner, Bolinas, California.-." (08/09)

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 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 11/6/2011 
Pale ruby in the glass. All kinds of fruit action teeming from the glass. There is red cherry, blueberry, & sweet red fruit pie. Similar notes on the attack. Much lighter & lacking the eucalyptus note compared to a previous version I tried.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.7