Shafer Vineyards Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2013

$54.99

Shafer's Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay is one of California's finest examples of this varietal - don't miss it while it's available. 94 Points Robert Parker:  "The 2013 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch looks like one of their all-time greats, and to date they’ve all been very impressive wines. The crisp tangerine, honeyed citrus, pear and white peach notes are prominent in this beautifully fruited medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that shows additional orange marmalade notes in the mouth. It’s textured, crisp acid, from having not gone though malolactic, gives it focus and zest, and the overall impression is one of brilliant richness subtly touched by smoke, but letting the fruit dominate. Year in year out, this is one of the superstar wineries, not only in Napa Valley and all of California, but in the entire world." “…one of the best non-malolactic, barrel-fermented Chardonnays in California …” The Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

Grabbed another bottle! Wine bears the vineyard named to honor the Red-shouldered Hawks and other birds of prey that play a vital role in sustainable farming practices. Bright yellow with aromas of tropical fruits and sweet floral scents. Aged for 14 months, 75% in new French oak and 25% in stainless. On the palate melon, pineapple and peach flavors and hints of citrus, subtle yet complex and well balanced. Lingering finish, savory, ending with mineral tones and toasty oak. Outstanding!

Grabbed another bottle! Wine bears the vineyard named to honor the Red-shouldered Hawks and other birds of prey that play a vital role in sustainable farming practices. Bright yellow with aromas of tropical fruits and sweet floral scents. Aged for 14 months, 75% in new French oak and 25% in stainless. On the palate melon, pineapple and peach flavors and hints of citrus, subtle yet complex and well balanced. Lingering finish, savory, ending with mineral tones and toasty oak. Outstanding!

9.3

Jimmy Smith Delectable Pro

Director, West and North London Wine School

2013: newly released. Soft, approachable leesy, creamy style. Light vanilla, but good ripe peach, hint of pineapple. Taste is medium bodied, soft, and not overt. Quite elegant, slightly warming, but good texture. Somewhere between a Burgundy and a Cali

2013: newly released. Soft, approachable leesy, creamy style. Light vanilla, but good ripe peach, hint of pineapple. Taste is medium bodied, soft, and not overt. Quite elegant, slightly warming, but good texture. Somewhere between a Burgundy and a Cali

9.0

Jeff Sidwell Delectable Pro

Owner Bon! Gourmet

No maolo but new french oak lemon curd and spice custard flan

No maolo but new french oak lemon curd and spice custard flan

9.1

Eric Urbani Delectable Pro

Powerful without overly relying on oak.

Powerful without overly relying on oak.

9.1

Tom Riley Delectable Pro

Delicious now, will sing in a few years. Acid, mid-palate, fruit, and finish are all delightful.

Delicious now, will sing in a few years. Acid, mid-palate, fruit, and finish are all delightful.

9.0

Kyle Schlachter Delectable Pro

Writer Colorado Wine Press

Perfect with chicken pot pie. Rich. Baked apples. Pineapples. Shortbread. Mango. Vanilla. Smoke. A bit hot, but the ample acidity cuts through richness of pot pie. Good for those that like big rich Cali chards, but also enjoy steely version of Chardonnay.

Perfect with chicken pot pie. Rich. Baked apples. Pineapples. Shortbread. Mango. Vanilla. Smoke. A bit hot, but the ample acidity cuts through richness of pot pie. Good for those that like big rich Cali chards, but also enjoy steely version of Chardonnay.

8.9

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

Naples Winter Wine Fest dinner with Krug and Shafer.

Naples Winter Wine Fest dinner with Krug and Shafer.

9.0

Mike Steffel Delectable Pro

One of our house favorites!

One of our house favorites!

9.1

Bob Bryden Delectable Pro

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

Creamy, soft and full of fruit. Lip smacking long finish.

Creamy, soft and full of fruit. Lip smacking long finish.

9.5

Rebecca Fletcher Delectable Pro

Apple and minerality. A bit tart but a fantastic Chardonnay!

Apple and minerality. A bit tart but a fantastic Chardonnay!

9.6

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