By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.lecadeauvineyard.com
Le Chadeau is a winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and has a somewhat unique way of producing tasty wines from its estate vineyards – they have a different winemaker for each bottle. Additionally, each winemaker picks different blocks of the vineyards in an effort to showcase what that specific section of the vineyard can do.
- Winemaker: Jim Sanders, Aubichon Cellars
- Production: 94 cases
- Vineyard Blocks: South, new plantings of heirloom clones
- AVA: Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley
- Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
- Clones: Mt. Eden, Calera (“heritage” clones)
- Oak: 50% new, Top-tier French
- Alcohol: 14.9%
- Price: $48
Nose: Spiced cran-apple, roses, macerated cherries, fresh-cut cedar and raspberry compot.
Taste: This wine reminds me of snuggling up to a fire with a cup of spiced tea – it’s inviting spices are complimented by raspberry, cranberry and a splace of cherry. Its mid palate is very tasty and has a great mouthfeel which leads into a finish that hangs around nicely and keeps revisiting like an old friend.