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An antique book dealer turned winemaker, Sean Thackrey strikes me as a man who may have a problem with the US Government as he appears to like shunning convention and doing things differently. His winery is in his back yard underneath a eucalyptus tree, and he is so determined to make his own style of wines, not what people think he should make.

I've loved his Pleiades for a long time now - it doesn't have a vintage, with Roman numerals determining what edition the wine is, and is a Pinot Noir dominant blend with Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Sangiovese and others put in too. Now onto the 23rd edition, it was joined by a white equivalent which is now on its second. We will get in his other wines from time to time, but I think these two represent Sean the best.

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