In the glass, the Chad Willamette Valley Pinot Noir has a saturated ruby-red color. Aromas of strawberry preserves, ripe griotte cherries, baked rhubarb and vanilla bean, all seasoned with a light dusting of ground allspice and cardamom move in and out of the background, along with fleeting suggestions of orange citrus and maple syrup as the nose evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine is juicy and succulent, at the same time silky and elegant, with a solid, supple core of sweet summer berry flavors seasoned with palpable saline minerality, and a long vibrant finish. Drink now–2027, at cellar temperature out of a good large Burgundy glass. And give it time. This classic Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is another example of a wine that puts on weight as it evolves in the glass.