Chad Proprietary Red 2015 | Super Cuvée
The Chad Proprietary Red 2015 displays deep ruby in color. Powerful aromas of black cherry, cassis and brown spice lift from the glass. While Creamy and round on entry, black cherry and red currant notes wash over the palate. In addition, tinged with black pepper and baking spice.
Structured Atlas Peak tannins deliver a supple mouthfeel while the finish is augmented by dried wild herbs, cedar, and red florals. While the previous vintage slumbers (if you were lucky enough to grab some) pop the corks on this juicy and succulent Chad Proprietary Red 2015. But not all of them — this will evolve beautifully for the next 10 years.
2014 Sold out in hours
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 Chad Proprietary Red 2015 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.
Winemaker Chad Joseph
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 the Chad Proprietary Red 2015, he set aside his best to craft this remarkable red blend.