Sean Thackrey "Pleiades XXII" Old Vine Red Blend

SKU #1107725 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* How many ways can you say delicious? It’s impossible to exaggerate how appealing this light-hearted wine is. It’s vibrant with candied raspberries, pomegranates, orange zest, vanilla, brown sugar and cinnamon spice flavors, yet finishes dry and clean. The blend includes Sangiovese, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Mourvèdre.  (5/ 2013)

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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. 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) The XXII is floral and spicy with the savory herbal notes that have become a hallmark of Thackrey's wines. This is a little fuller on the palate than the last iteration, with a bit more chocolate. The Fruit tends toward kirsch-like cherry and there's an under-pinning faintly reminscent of nutella. Fantastic.

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/17/2013  | Send Email
I'm not sure what took me so long to try the Pleiades, but I was finally presented with the opportunity when we rented a house on Sean Thackrey's native Bolinas and they happened to be pouring it at the annual Labor Day festival in downtown. Let me tell you, it went with the Marin Sun Farms like they were meant for each other. A bit of a guilty pleasure wine in its fruit forwardness, it has nice complexity and just a touch of lively acid on the finish.

By: Mahon McGrath |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/12/2013  | Send Email
This installment of the Pleiades has a nose dominated by a tart pomegranate-cranberry character accented with mint and leather. Dry, woodsy-herbal edged raspberry flavors pops out on the palate. Low in tannin, but high in acidity, this red blend should prove to be a versatile, and eclectic, choice for the dinner table.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/5/2013  | Send Email
Wine, the gently pressed product of a grape, has left its immeasurable imprint on Western civilization more than perhaps any beverage besides H2O, and it continues to inspire and cultivate the minds and palates of those who both make it and drink it. Sean Thackrey has maintained an animated conversation with the grape for over thirty years, which has led to the creation of wines unique in compass and character, imbued with his own iconoclast vision of what makes a bottled memory. The Pleiades, named for a fat cluster of stars out there, is Thackrey's continued experiment, a nonvintage wonder that plays with a constellation of varieties by inviting them all to the party in your glass. The result is a delightfully prismatic charmer, seductively lithe and savoury at the same time, with flavors suggestive of raspberries and warm baking spice, wild strawberries and pomegranates, inflected with vibrant acidity and an arrestingly complex finish. Pure wine alchemy, altogether quite incomparable.
Top Value!

By: Patrick Cu |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/4/2013  | Send Email
Sean Thackray continues to wow people with his Pleiades Old Vine Red Blend. It's perhaps his most affordable offering, yet it is brimming with quality and substance. The nose is savory, meaty with a peppery spice, and dolloped with notes of cherries. On the palate, dense strawberry comes out more, along with a slight earthiness, and good acid to give this wine lift. This bottling is always immensely pleasant and sought after for good reason!

By: Mike Barber |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/4/2013  | Send Email
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This is a soft and elegant pleiades release- with light raspberry fruit and a little pepper. It is still one of the most interesting domestic wines you can buy for under $20.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2018

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 9/21/2013 
This would be my 2nd or 3rd Pleiades to date. Ruby red in the glass as I have remembered the previous renditions. There is an intensely floral note buttressed by loamy soil, pomegranate & a spike of cracked pepper. The attack is all about sweet raspberry fruit & spice. Deliciously rich & round. This is fuller than the previous vintage I tasted ... you get this savory, unami finish. As usual, a unique yet delicious beverage that's a steal at $20.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.7