Winemaker Bradley Cooper Brings Micro-winery to Serendipity
Okanagan winemaker Bradley Cooper is making a move down the Naramata bench, and bringing his unmatched Pinot Noir, Black Cloud, to a new spot.
After nine vintages with Township 7, Cooper will soon join Serendipity Winery to enhance its portfolio of award-winning BC wines, and production of Black Cloud will move with him.
"We started Black Cloud six years ago with less than 500 cases, and our Pinot will continue to be a small production," says Cooper. "We're excited to keep it in Naramata and I am looking forward to having a new home for our Pinot at Serendipity."
The 2008, 2009, and 2010 vintages of Black Cloud's Altostratus, a new world style elegant Pinot Noir, are available through the Cloudy Day (www.blackcloud.ca) wine club, along with the 2012 Fleuvage, a light-bodied Pinot from an exceptional growing season. Two vintages of Red Sky, a lively rosé, are sold out.
Black Cloud is exclusively Pinot Noir, with grapes sourced entirely in the Okanagan. As Cooper joins Serendipity as its winemaker, Black Cloud will remain a private label, managed by himself and his partner Audralee Daum, with its production at Serendipity.
Cloudy Day Wine Club members will continue to have first access to Black Cloud releases, with limited bottles available elsewhere, including private wine stores and restaurants.
As a small producer, Black Cloud joins a number of other smaller wineries and wine clubs at Garagiste North: Small Guys Wine Festival on September 14, a new event on the BC wine circuit, focussed on "garagiste" style wines, a phrase coined in France for small, risk-taking producers.
"We're proud to be all Pinot, and Black Cloud will always be a small lot," says Cooper. "Serendipity is graciously supporting our label, and I look forward to future vintages as their winemaker."
Cooper has spent the last decade producing critically-recognized BC wine, both reds and whites, at Township 7, and has provided winemaking expertise to Fort Berens Estate Winery in Lilllooet, The McWatters Collection, Time Estate Winery and Bonitas Winery in the Okanagan, among others. He began his winemaking career with Hawthorne Mountain, now See Ya Later Ranch, in the 1990s, and will continue to advise Township 7 through the upcoming harvest.
Black Cloud is currently renovating an administration space, set to open later this summer, in Penticton's historic Cannery Trade Centre.