For Chad, the big Oregon frost in April took a toll on one of his go-to usual spots in the Dundee Hills. So what did he do? Call it quits and worry about the 2023 vintage instead? Nah, not in his DNA. He made some phone calls, talked to a few key people and locked into some absolutely killer fruit from McMinnville a little further south down the Van Duzer Corridor where the frost had no impact.
For Nicholas Wines readers, the lesson that we should get from all of this is that our winemaking friend Chad is nothing short of a genius. His ability and adaptability are what set him apart, and his quick thinking in the 2022 vintage is why this wine is absolutely humming — juicy and energetic right out of the gates and so dang drinkable.
Bottles from these three vineyard locations go anywhere from $45/bottle all the way up to $75/bottle these days. But that’s never what Chad sets up for his loyal followers. No – instead of a $45/bottle price tag we are treated to something special once again.
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.
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Drink with everything, from roasted poultry to salmon on the grill.
92 Points, James Suckling
Since the late 1990’s Penner-Ash has been viewed as one of Oregon’s top wineries making gorgeous wines in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. In the 2021 vintage considered to be one of Oregon’s all-time great years, the 2021 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir that Lynn crafted is gorgeous, a silky tightly woven number that mixes red and black fruits with some sage and baking spices and a savory finish. It’s got some nice weight to it and structure which suggests it’ll age well for the next 10-15 years though it’s already drinking beautifully in its youth.