2010 Cloudburst Chardonnay
The 2010 Vintage was preceded by a winter of abundant rains. The growing season, however, was warm and dry, resulting in excellent fruit set. Hot summer days coupled with cooler nights worked magic on the Chardonnay, which was harvested at the end of February. Our 2010 exhibits exquisite balance, flavor and concentration.
This wine shows a golden straw color. The nose shows great aromatic complexity, combining quince and stone fruit, with a suggestion of whipped fig and pineapple compote coupled with a flinty note of struck stone. Rich in taste, the palate has pear and almond and lemon curd, underlain by a strict line of refreshing acidity. This elegant wine has great length and a beguiling complexity. Alcohol content: 14%
2010 Cloudburst Cabernet
The 2010 Vintage was preceded by a winter of abundant rains. The growing season, however, was warm and dry, resulting in excellent fruit set. The hot weather moderated during March and April, leading to perfect ripening conditions for red varieties, characterized by excellent deep color, superb fresh flavor, well-balanced acids and silkily mature tannins in our Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wine has a brilliant deep blackcurrant color. The nose shows a rich collection of violet, blackcurrant, raspberry and dark plum, overlaying a chocolaty mocha nuance. The palate is soft and inviting, with flavors of cherry, mulberry, anise and dark berry fruits with a hint of nutmeg spice. It has a lingering finish with a savory complexity and robust tannins. Alcohol content: 13%
2011 Cloudburst Chardonnay
The 2011 Vintage began after a fairly dry winter followed upon by a dry spring. Some relief arrived in January with some light rains. This was followed in February and March by extremely hot summer days, with quite unusually warm summer nights, speeding up the growing season. The resulting 2011 Cloudburst Chardonnay has a powerful intensity of flavor and a refreshingly stony line to the palate.
Pale golden straw with a delicate brightness. Complex and bold aromas of mango, vanilla wafer and caulk, lingering with faint spearmint. The mouth feel is exquisite: very seductive soft and delicate with an exciting burst of fruit in the mid-palate. The middle notes continue to show mango, but with pineapple and bananas, vanilla bean, graham cracker, cinnamon and creamed caramel. A touch of dried grass, ginger and bitter greens elevate the fruit flavors to another dimension. The finish is an everlasting mix of lemon zest and cream, like a lemon meringue pie. This wine has bright acidity and subtle oak allowing it to be paired with foods, but balanced and elegant enough to drink on its own. Alcohol content: 14.1%
2011 Cloudburst Cabernet
The 2011 Vintage began after a fairly dry winter followed upon by a dry spring. Some relief arrived in January with some light rains. This was followed in February and March by extremely hot summer days, with quite unusually warm summer nights, speeding up the growing season.
A brambly bright wine carrying delicate lifted aromas of blueberry perfume and cedarbox with a hint of mint. Tasting of briar fruit, mostly blackcurrant, with notes of mulberry, dark cherry and satsuma plum. The delicate soft pallet has supple, velvety tannins, a vibrant acidity and a clean mouth-watering finish. This is a wine of finesse and subtlety, which carries a delicious liveliness all the way to the lingering perfumed end. Alcohol content: 13.2%
2012 Cloudburst Chardonnay
The 2012 Vintage repeated 2011's hot conditions, with warmer than usual nights accelerating the time of vintage several weeks advance of its usual timing. The heat created intense flavors in the Chardonnay and it was picked earlier than previous years, enabling the retention of strong natural acidity and great freshness and length.
The Cabernet benefited from the moderating temperatures which arrived towards the end of vintage, developing intense fruit flavors with well ripened tannins, assuring great longevity.
The color is a pale gold straw with highlights of lime. The complex aroma blends stone fruit and almond and wet river stones. The elegant palate is layered with nectarine, pear, quince honey, marzipan and flint. The subtly creamy mouthfeel gives away to a fine minerality and persistent acid finish. A wine of tremendous depth and elegance. Alcohol content: 13%
VINTAGE REPORT 2015
Spring 2014 was the rainiest so far for Cloudburst, yet was characterized by consistently mild temperatures. The vines took off with great vigor immediately after pruning, and had an extended and perfect flowering. This was followed by a warm and dry summer, gracefully free of excessive heat spikes. This consistent warmth, coupled with mild nights and low velocity maritime breezes, resulted in deeply flavorful grapes. Virtually no rain fell during the first few months of 2015, which created perfect ripening conditions. All grapes were hand harvested and completed wild primary and secondary fermentations well in advance of the heavy rains which arrived in late March.
2015 Cloudburst Chardonnay
A vibrant wine of great depth and purity, the 2015 Cloudburst Chardonnay has a mineral intensity and effortless length that resonates and captivates.
This is a powerfully delicious wine, with gorgeous complexity and outstanding balance.
A concentrated honeyed marzipan confection melded with dark peach, acorn, roasted chestnuts, peanut skin, river stone, brioche, butterscotch and Meyer lemon curd.
2014 Cloudburst Cabernet Sauvignon
A powerful, yet graceful wine of great purity, texture and complexity, the 2014 Cloudburst Cabernet Sauvignon has striking vitality, opulence and generosity. It sets the palate alive. This is a delicious, clean, intense and ripe wine, with a vitality that is simply lovely to drink.
The wine is profoundly perfumed, with violets to the fore, floral yet fleeting, followed with blueberry, black olive and bayleaf, a mahogany bass note, and a suggestion of anise and lifted exotic spices. In the palate, the wine is fine, glossy, and concentrated. It is a precise and pure miracle that frolics between flavour and texture, at once a silken sheet and web of light -- cedary tannin underlays a richness of delicious ripe mulberry fruit, with black olive and chocolate and tobacco leaf and satin cassis dancing with a flourish of spice that extends all the way to the astonishingly long finish.
2014 Cloudburst Malbec
A densely flavored, deeply layered, majestic wine with tremendous vibrancy, the 2014 Cloudburst Malbec is absolutely delicious. From the first aromatic sniff, to the fantastically long finish, it is a wine that satisfies on every level. Intense, yet poetic, the wine is an inky magenta, with terrific weight.
This wine is a perfect melding of crème de violette, damson plum, baked apple, mocha, blackstrap molasses, ripe black cherries, boysenberries, blackberries, and black currents. A line of hickory smoke, dark wet tobacco and black pepper adds mystery, depth and grip to a very rich, delicious and alluring wine with a profound and satisfying finish.