When I originally purchased a case of this wine in mid-2011, it was with an earlier vintage (2008) in mind, one that I had thoroughly enjoyed. I opened a bottle of it that fall, and I was tentatively disappointed. I assumed it was simply too young. Then, over three years later, I took a bottle of it with me to a favorite restaurant to enjoy with a fine filet mignon on New Year's Eve (12/31/2014), confident that it would reward my patience. I was so pleased with it that I have decided to order a case of Chad's 2012 offering.
I was delighted with this wine, as I have been with all of the CHAD wines I have bought !
Bright pellucid ruby color, light yet intriguing sour red cherry flavor. Alcohol is almost imperceptible. Surprised at how impressive a wine with no body can be. Have to hand it off to the enologist/conjuror in charge.
Doesn't anyone else have any of this wonderful wine left? Still medium-bodied with very good fruit. It may be adding weight or it may have been a better bottle.
Rich tasting, long finish. Typical, first class Pinot Noir. This is my 2nd purchase and will purchase again.
Opened the first bottle about a week after it arrived. Not sure if still hurt from UPS or a bad bottle. A month later, good aromas, delightful on the tounge. Looking forward to rest of the case.
I recall Third ave in IiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiC, Ia with it's swayin grand willow, smoldering fires, jovial existential vibe and subterranean 11" bw Tv as ya know this is smooth, like the Beauj the Bourgonians used to let out of their site. If my other orders are better I must give them away out of sheer fright of not being able to sip anything lesser (menno di piu). Grazi Mille
I ordered the 2008 Chad Pinot Noir and loved it so couldn't resist the 2010. Just as good if not better.
Maybe it needed a little more time in the womb! I'm surprised by the bad reviews - most of them were in 2011. I found it to be very jammy it paired well with a roast chicken recipe that included red onion, potatoes, garlic cloves and a balsamic glaze. Give it another shot. You may be pleasantly surprised.
nice, but not up to the 2009 offering
I had purchased the '08 and was pretty pleased. Unfortunately, I feel that the '10 is a bit underwhelming. I have had a few of the bottles and will let the remaining lie down for a while in hopes that they improve.
Racy, young, in your face acidity, possibly too much so. Alcohol was overbearing for around 90 minutes. Either disjointed or needs a LOT of time. Fruit did not remind me much of Carneros, but more of Washington State.
Note that these comments are specific to the Chad 2010 Carneros P.N. Have no experience with other Chad bottlings: Searing fumes of alcohol dominate the nose, along with aromas of burnt fruit, raisins & stewed tomatoes. This is confirmed by this wine's "specs", at nearly 14% ABV, about 1.5% too high for a well made cool climate Pinot. "Cellered & Bottled by..." always indicates the very least level of involvement by the labeling entity. Grapes not estate grown, nor was this wine fermented nor produced by "Chad". Probably purchased as finished Pinot Noir (at least 75%) by the tanker load, saw some toasted Oak contact, but likely not from time in actual barrels. Bottled & labeled by Chad as "Carneros", southern-most region between the Napa & Sonoma valleys; fronting on the San Pablo bay North of Oakland. Unusual palate impression, not bright, food lifting nor fruit filled. A lumbering mouth feel of hot climate, over-ripe, shriveled skin grapes, likely picked in August due to heat stress & plumeting acidity levels. Classic for overtly warm climate, low latitude, CA Pinot Noir... Considerably greater success with this uniquely tempermental grape in northerly Oregon or those directly cooled Pacific coastal influenced, higher altitude vineyards planted to mature Pinot vines. Carneros is barely above sea level; better suited to buttery ripe Chardonnay, good sparkling wines, more likely Grenache or Shiraz!
Could use more structure but can't complain
Nice soft fruity wine, easy on the palate. Good value for the price.
Big, sweet wine, but somehow a lack of fruit definition and crispness/acid makes Chad a bit less vibrant than it might have been.
this wine lacks body and has an off taste
In December I bought The Chad 2009 and was glad to see that the Chad was being offered again. It was 2010. I must say from the first bottle, it is just not as good as the 2009 (4 stars). It has much less substance and does not drink as smoothly as the 2009. Disappointed, I thought I was getting what I previously had an so enjoyed.
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