Finding information to share about Sean Thackrey’s wines is about as challenging as locating Thackrey’s winery, which is located an hour north of San Francisco in western Marin County. Thackrey’s rustic winery-in-a-eucalyptus grove is only accessible via a twisting road that ends at the Pacific’s edge. In 1979 Sean Thackrey turned his hand from selling antique books to winemaking. He is definitely not your usual winemaker. Living on the edge of the world down in Marin county he makes these handcrafted wines in his outdoor winery beneath the eucalyptus trees. Sean is the kind of wine-maker who makes the “business” of wine the pleasure that it can be. Totally dedicated to the production of his own style of wine, a little eccentric possibly (as so many of the best people are), straight-talking yet generous and very much with the courage of his own convictions. His wines are as individual and idiosyncratic as he is.
Intense aromas of cherry and raspberry and a potpourri of herbs and spices hint at the pleasure to come. The wine is a mouthfilling and full-bodied, offering layers of wild berries and sour cherry as well as black pepper, roasted almond, dark chocolate and mocha. Still a youthful wine with chewy tannins, this vintage of Orion is powerful and compelling but also well-balanced and delicious throughout.