Sean Thackrey "Pleiades" XXX
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Sean Thackrey "Pleiades" XXX - MV

Item # 67864 750mL

Sean Thackrey has made this red wine for years. He won't reveal the true blend, but rumor says it's based on Sangiovese. Instead of releasing this wine without vintage, each new blend is labeled with Roman numerals. Full of mint, meat, blackberry and ripe mocha-like tannins.

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Staff Pick Notes

Like an impressionist painter, Sean Thackrey takes the familiar and reveals it in a new light, playing with our expectations. This 'edition' of the Pleiades employs an unlikely palette of Sangiovese, Viognier, Pinot Noir, and Mourvèdre. The resulting wine is light in body, yet robust in flavor. Red cherry, violet, orange zest and a touch of smoked meat harmonize with gentle tannins and soft-but-present acidity. As with all good art, you can experience this wine again and again, and always find something new.

- DY

Glossary

Pinot Noir

The Burgundy region of northeastern France is the historic home of the Pinot Noir grape, and is the source of the world’s greatest examples. Here one finds renditions of Pinot Noir that deliver power with finesse and grace, wines that have unimaginable depth of flavor, yet are perfectly balanced and ephemeral in the mouth - in short, wines that deliver all that Pinot Noir has to offer. Terroir, the concept that wines from a specific region have unique and identifiable traits, is intricately...

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California

California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.

Viognier

Some of the most intriguing wines associated with the white Viognier grape contain hardly any Viognier at all: in the Côte Rôtie appellation, wine must be made principally from the red Syrah grape, but up to 20 percent (often far less) can be of white Viognier. The practice of adding Viognier to Syrah began as a way of taming the very ripe, tannic reds of the hot Côte Rôtie ("roasted slope"), but it produced such incredible results that other countries, most notably Australia, have followed...

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Sangiovese

Italy's most planted grape variety is at the heart of some of the most beloved wines in the country. Grown all over the region, but especially in Central Italy, Sangiovese is the only grape allowed in Brunello di Montalcino, and the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti, and countless other delicious Italian blends. Sangiovese has shown itself in recent years to be an excellent complement to Cabernet Sauvignon in red Italian blends; this grape duo forms the basis of many of the...

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