Needing a small miracle to rebound from an entire crop loss, Chad and the Willamette were delivered what many in Oregon have described as a “miracle crop” in 2021 – a gorgeous and bountiful harvest with huge, clean clusters of pure Pinot Noir fruit aided by a wet spring, a dry and even summer and the first drops of rain not coming until a full week after Chad’s fruit was already hitting the press.
This last time I talked to Chad – his tone was far different. “You guys are going to absolutely love these wines,” Chad told me. “They’re bright and expressive, the acidity is dialed in, the fruit is pure, the balance is right where I want it.” I could tell Chad was beaming.
“And the best part Nicholas? I had enough for 15 barrels when I usually have only 12.” The best CHAD Willamette Pinot would be in good supply. “And for all your help, you’re going to have a killer first offer price.” Music to my ears.
Once again dialing up fruit from 1000-1500ft in elevation in the Dundee Hills, Chad’s 2021 is juicy, focused and roaring out of the gates.
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.
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