We recall meeting Chad at the Oxbow Market in Napa to taste the first of what he called his “super cuvée.” In 2015, “every lot shined,” he’d told us, and explained “I decided to put some of my best fruit aside to make a super cuvée. Following his 2014 Prop Red, which sold out in hours, the 2015 Chad Prop Red Blend is a mesmerizing follow-up, like winning the lotto a second time. It’s packed with black cherry, cassis, and spice over a creamy and round palate, with sturdy mountain tannin to go the long-haul—in short: night-and-day deliciously different than the 2014, but equally stunning. In 2015, Chad struck gold, landing Cabernet Franc and Merlot from one of Oakville’s greatest estates. At the estate, their own red blends go for $135. Compare that to Chad’s $21.99 stunner, which leverages a heavy dose of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from Atlas Peak and yields a red blend that stands on equal footing in quality. If you locked into Chad’s 2014 Prop Red, let it continue to slumber while you enjoy this drink-now beauty.
The past five Napa vintages, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 have produced beautifully structured, age-worthy red wines. Cabernet blends from these years will astound for decades to come. And in 2015 — Robert Parker’s “another great vintage,” which he called “spectacular,” and praised the “high-quality” despite a smaller crop, our friend Chad crafted one of the greatest follow-ups ever: today’s 2015 Proprietary Red Blend.
The story of Chad goes back to 2008 when the economy was on its heels and Chad’s winemaker buddies needed help with their inventory. Chad found a way to help, purchasing a barrel or two of prized estate-grown juice and bottling it under Chad.
Since the release of the 2009s, we have featured over 20 small lots of Chad Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and while the economy is now back on its feet, Chad’s buddies haven’t forgotten him. When there are grapes or juice to be spared, their first call goes to Chad. And again in 2015, he set aside his best to craft this remarkable red blend.
This was a delicious and complex Bordeaux blend. It would be a little fruity for the true French Bordeaux snob, but it’s by no means over the top. I was very glad I ordered it.
One of the best Chads ( I buy them all and have many friends buying them too). Great richness and density. I would probably rate 4.4 or 4.5 if we had tenths ( which we should have). I'll never give a 5,
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