It is perhaps a decade now since I first came across the name Sean Thackrey. At the time, 'natural', non-interventionist wine-making seemed wacky and innovative - now it seems to be practically the norm. I recall an article that described how Thackrey would combat the wood-boring nasties that burrowed their way into his oak barrels by plugging the holes with toothpicks. This was captivatingly romantic stuff for a young wine enthusiast but did the juice taste any good? By heck it did. My first encounter with a bottle of Pleiades is one of my fondest wine memories. Grapey, and pure. Most wonderfully I didn't waste time considering grape variety, location, barrel treatment, no, none of that. Pleiades changes year on year and each year it has only one concern, being mind-bendingly delicious.
Sean Thackrey Pleiades XVII California, USA This is heavily Cabernety. Green pepper and blackcurrant. Vibrant and expressive. Depth. Balance. Class. September 2015
Sean Thackrey Pleiades XXII California, USA This is one of the Pinot orientated versions of this wine and it is utterly spellbinding. Coca-Cola, nail varnish remover, sweet cherry, wild strawberry. Totally alive and wild. Concentrated and bright. I could drink this forever and ever. September 2015