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.
Really interesting nose. On first pour there are notes of redcurrant and a little VA high tone. With time aromas develop of toast, green pepper and marzipan. Really complex but light on its feet. The first glass has the classic concentrated ripe fruit and eucalyptus character of a Barossa Shiraz yet this is light on its feet and elegantly styled. With time in the glass it becomes more creamy with waves of fruit, a little prune character, roses, frangipane and apricot. Very long finish with a lovely lingering gingerbread sweet pie crust flavour. Superb.