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August 13, 2004

NV Sean H. Thackery, Pleiades XII Old Vines

A blend of everything from several vintages, mostly 01 I understand, from Thackery's many plots in the Northern Rhone . . . which he calls "California" on the label. The bright, orange-laden viognier is moving, with enough flavor and high-note acidity to balance the intrusive backdrop of tar on the nose and palate. If tar were a perfume, it would smell like this wine. The finish is long, complex, and developing as the citrus and earth come together to make what I suppose blueberries might taste like if they were smoked over cedar. Tobacco. Sweet, silky tannins from some portion of wine that must be a decade old.


Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

The sweetness of roasted beets calms down the tar finish. Blackened catfish is a natural match for the strong, floral acid in this wine.

The earthiest of marinaras doused with olive and truffle oils and diced portobellos is still no match for this wine without any meat.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

An uncovered glass of this wine stayed fresh for three days at room temperature. On the fourth day, the tannins finally started to show, but were never intrusive. Even partially evaporated, Pleiades remained very drinkable.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would very much like to find Mr Thackery's wines and webstie, can you help? My email is

4:18 PM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...


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