Black Clouds Ahead

For purposes of FTC disclosure, I didn’t pay for this wine. I’m not sure I would call it a sample though. I found it after cleaning up after an after after after party at the Wine Blogger Conference.  I offered it back to its rightful owner, Brad, and he said I could keep it. So there’s the story of this wine, make of it what you will.  I will admit, I’ve been wanting to try it for quite some time, having “met” Brad on Twitter several years ago and having heard about his wine for all that time without being able to get any since he’s in Canada! Also, Pinot Noir from Canada struck me as intriguing. I don’t see many wines from Canada that aren’t ice wines or ice style.

Anywho, the wine is the 2006 Black Cloud Pinot Noir, Brad’s personal winery project.  It had a plastic cork clocked in at 13.2% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $25. Pinot Noir for $25? Not bad at all. It hails from a vineyard in the Okanagan Falls in British Columbia.

On the nose I got black cherry, lots of black cherry, spice, white pepper, cranberry, a little earth, and ripe red strawberries.  In the mouth, both red cherries and black cherries competed for attention with spice, strawberry, raspberry, earth, and cranberry edges rounding out the palate for me.  I found the fruit displayed in the wine to be quite tart, with nice acidity and structure.  We drank this on its own, but I’d love to have a bottle for my Thanksgiving dinner.