Chad Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 | “a hop, skip, and a jump from the Oakville Crossroad”
Chad Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 pours a deep purple in color. While the nose boasts black currant, blueberry, five-spice, allspice, and mocha aromas. Dense and muscular on the palate, it shows finely focused tannins and a deeply concentrated character. Plenty of blackberry and black cherry fruit on the attack, finishing with a lingering touch of cinnamon and clove.
Compared to $95 per bottle under a far more prestigious label, CHAD’s 2018 is a steal at just $34… for a fortunate few. The Chad Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 was purchased from one of Oakville’s most historic names. While Chad offered few insights he did tell us unequivocally that this ultra-concentrated, fabulously sophisticated Cabernet from the stunning 2018 vintage was grown a hop, skip, and a jump from the Oakville Crossroad.
Phenomenal 2018 Vintage | Big, bold, and intensely concentrated
The 2018 vintage was spectacular in Napa Valley. But otherworldly in the narrowest, most priceless section of the valley floor, the rock-strewn Cabernet Sauvignon rows of Oakville. Growers were treated to an extended growing season. Hence, allowing the icons of the Oakville Crossroad to pick at their leisure. As a result, harvesting fabulously concentrated, small-berry bunches with little or no trace of desiccation.
Perhaps even more remarkable than the outstanding quality was the quantity. For the first time in almost a decade, yields were strong, leaving many with more fruit than they had space to hold it.
Winemaker Chad Joseph
The bonanza promised by the late harvest of October 2018, in less than two months, turned into a glut. The mood, even in the high ground of Lake Hennessey, went from gleeful to somber. That is for everyone but our young winemaker friend, Chad. But receiving another call that quickly led to the bottling of the magnificent Chad Cabernet Sauvignon 2018.
As you may recall, even as the young winemaker provided plenty of clues as to the neighborhood from which those Cabernets were drawn, Chad was careful not to identify the winery or winemaker names. Now, with so many Napa Valley balance sheets drenched in red ink, Chad is once again in the driver’s seat. Nevermore so than today.