We had a special treat from the cellar the other night, Sean H. Thackrey’s Pleiades XIII.
Sean Thackery has been making wine — all red — since the early 1980s. He does small batches and most are named after the stars — Orion, Andromeda, Sirius and Aquila. Not widely known, but they always sell out.
This particular wild California blend is a mix of old vineyards, grapes and vintages. This bottling has seven grape varieties: Syrah, Barbera, Carignan, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Sangiovese plus a dash of Viognier.
The wine is named after the constellation Pleiades the Seven Sisters. Pleiades XIII is a glass-staining dark ruby. The aromas from this 6-year-old wine were complex with lots of berry, cherry, pepper, tobacco, and spice. Mouth-filling and ripe, it reminds me of a southern Rhone blend with its raspberry, white pepper and spices flavors.
Because this is a blend of different vintages, Thackrey uses the Roman numerals for this series.