Sean Thackrey "La Pleïade II" California White Blend

SKU #1191624 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium yellow. Slightly high-toned aromas of yellow apple, dried fruits, nuts and spices. Dry and chewy in the mouth, with a pronounced phenolic character to the flavors of pear skin, cyanic peach pit, green almond and bitter herbs. Suggests a good bit of skin contact. Not a fruity style but this distinctly idiosyncratic blend should be endlessly flexible with food. Hipster alert! (ST)  (5/2014)

K&L Notes

Yes, he finally did it. A white wine from Sean Thackrey. Made a lot like the Pleiades red, this is a blend of many different grape varieties. Sean Thackrey has been making interesting wines for decades, and his unique winemaking has broken ground and influenced many practices. At his small Bolinas winery, he tinkers and incorporates practices he has learned. Sean prides himself on touching every grape that goes into his wines personally. He relies on his intuition and senses to craft his exciting wines. The Sean Thackrey “La Pleiade II” California White Blend is a blend of multiple vintages and multiple varietals which are not disclosed. The wine feels a bit like a White Rhône blend, crossed with a Spanish Albarino. It has notes of apple and pear and green fruits, with pithy notes and nutty hints. There’s a great texture to the wine, making it an ideal match with cheese and nuts and with classical, traditional dishes such as roast chicken. If you want a wine from off the beaten path, or just a delicious and interesting wine, this is for you!

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