If you don’t remember, here’s how the Chad Project works. Wine making is an incredibly cashflow poor business. Money is laid out for grape contracts, barrels then glass, labels, many months to years before a single dollar flows in for the vintage.
Chad works with some of the top wineries in the country – offering cash for what’s in the barrel and a promise to never disclose his exact vineyard sources in exchange for 50% or more off the usual prices.
2019 is Chad’s best so far and given what happened with the wildfires in 2020, it may be his last for several years. While prices are already skyrocketing throughout the valley – we were already locked and loaded with CHAD for this season!
So at Thanksgiving this year, whatever that might look like, I’m sure there will be many-a-table that has Chad’s latest release on it. If you want my advice, this is one I would order by the case as I’m not sure how long our allocation will last.
A fantastic compliment for pretty much whatever food you can throw at it, the 2019 is absolutely bristling with energy and crunchy red fruits. It’s refined and elegant with a cola finish that also flashes delicately woven, smooth tannins.
The wine is very fine aromatically, with a high-toned, black cherry nose kissed with just a touch of spice. The fruit is absolutely pure Pinot, bright and vibrant. For the price, it’s absolutely killer Pinot.
Drink with everything, from roasted poultry to salmon on the grill.