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2009 Sean Thackrey "Orion" St. Helena Red Blend

SKU #1070187 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Saturated deep ruby. Wonderfully primary flavors of blueberry, blackberry, huckleberry, black olive, licorice and mint hint at a liqueur-like ripeness, but a subtle suggestion of chlorophyll gives the nose pungent lift. A wine of outstanding intensity and sap, conveying a lush texture and lovely savory complexity to its Syrah-dominated flavors of black fruits, minerals and smoke. Boasts an exhilarating balance of sweetness and acidity, with the extremely long finish energized by floral and pepper notes and framed by perfectly buffered tannins. This splendidly complex and concentrated wine still needs time to achieve its full potential. Inner quote mark (4/2015)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Elaborate and impressive, in the manner of Sean Thackrey, a big, rich, alcoholic wine with massive flavors. The blackberries and currants are swamped with black pepper and various exotic spices, and the finish is thoroughly dry. There’s nothing shy or subtle about this wine, but it does express what California’s sun does so well. Inner quote mark (10/2011)

K&L Notes

From enigmatic producer Sean Thackrey, comes another of his highly-allocated wines, this time a Rhône-style blend. Always quick to sell out, the previous vintage received 95 points from Robert Parker, who wrote: "Marching to the beat of a drummer largely unknown to any other winemaker in California, Sean Thackerey continues to produce some extraordinary wines, in this case from a field blend planted in 1905. This is clearly a Rhône Ranger blend, with a dense ruby/purple color and loads of incense, camphor, blue and black fruits, earth, and spice. Full-bodied, rich, and bursting with personality, the wine is unique/singular, with an intensity that has to be tasted to be believed. Drink it over the next decade or more."

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