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2018 Thundercloud, Red Wine, California
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2018 Thundercloud, Red Wine, California

We’re dreamers at heart, and if you’re anything like us, you spend your days trying to create and capture lightning. That mystical burst of brilliance that only appears when the clouds are looming overhead. Thundercloud is about enduring and absorbing the dark and dreary parts of life and turning it into something magical...lightning!

Thundercloud sounded like a Roger Moore James Bond flick to us, so we wanted to capture something vintage, yet iconic, for the label. We found a vintage photograph of a cloudy sky and emblazoned it with a copper-gold foil lightning bolt. It looks killer, but the wine inside is even better. Loads of dark fruit, cracked black pepper, and fresh-cut herbs on the nose give way to a rush of blackberry and baking spice laced with dark chocolate and espresso. It's beautifully textured with velvety tannins and a finish that could go on for days. 

Let's talk winemaking. Syrah/Viognier co-ferment, anyone? You might recognize this killer Côte-Rôtie (Northern Rhône) combo from the über-limited release,  Cool Confusion. Keeping it punk rock, part of that wine still lives on in this blend. The Syrah from Shake Ridge Ranch and Snows Crossing Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills is picked  earlier to highlight the savory and peppery side of the grape. The volcanic soils from this area also  impart a lot of minerality into these wines. The Calistoga portion of the fruit from Frediani Vineyard ripens further and brings out all the dark fruit elements into the final blend.

Similar to:
Cool Confusion | Reborn


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Wine Specs
Red Wine
Vineyard Designation
47% Frediani Vineyard, Calistoga, 28% Shake Ridge Ranch Vineyard, Amador County, 25% Snows Crossing Vineyard, El Dorado County
16 months neutral French and American oak, 30% in puncheon oak.
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Production Notes
100% whole-cluster, foot-stomped fermentation, extended maceration.
Winemaker Notes
97% Syrah, 3% Viognier
Other Notes
295 Cases Made

Product Reviews

David Prushnok's Gravatar
David Prushnok
(Apr 27, 2020 at 4:09 PM)
This is a killer red. Smooth, juicy, and not dry. Best Syrah based wine I've had in a while, why I drank 3 and ordered another case! Keep it up Tank, you guys kick ass!

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Calvin M
(Jun 12, 2020 at 10:31 AM)
Holy S**t. This red is absolutely amazing. Being Syrah fans this wine has it all. Its balanced, juicy and is super smooth. Not overly dry and found that most friends I share it with are asking for another glass. I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who likes a good Syrah! We have drank 4 bottles so far it has quickly become a bottle that we will always have ready!

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Kate Rice
(Oct 28, 2020 at 9:33 AM)
Full bodied with lots of black fruit - this Syrah blend is next level. Ordered 4 more bottles so we can keep enjoying!

(Nov 26, 2020 at 5:48 AM)
The perfect blending of two fabulous grapes that make great separates & blended together is a great sipper.

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Kelly Hunt
(Dec 30, 2020 at 5:51 PM)
If I had to pick my all time favorite Tank wine...this one takes it. It is full flavored and so drinkable...this one does not disappoint (but honestly...I’ve yet to be disappointed by a Tank wine!)

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Ash W
(Jan 8, 2021 at 6:37 PM)
An absolute delight! A wonderful purple ink bomb. Cherry, lavender and dark chocolate (similar to nespresso’s Cocoa Truffle pod). Smooth and textured wine with soft tannins. It’s the best wine I’ve had from Tank Garage.

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