Shafer Vineyards Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2016

$49.99

Shafer's Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay is one of California's finest examples of this varietal - don't miss it while it's available. previous vintage 93 Points Robert Parker:  "First, their non-malolactic Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch comes from a cool-climate vineyard in Carneros. This is aged in 75% oak casks and 25% stainless steel, which seems to be the perfect marriage for showcasing this wine’s rich fruit. The wine has loads of tangerine oil, citrus blossom, a hint of apples and orange marmalade. The oak is subtle, the wine medium to full-bodied, pure and rich. (This is the official tasting note, but I shared two bottles with some friends of mine at the casual Market restaurant in St. Helena, and it was a huge hit.)" “…one of the best non-malolactic, barrel-fermented Chardonnays in California …” The Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Shay A Delectable Pro

Weekly Wednesday Wine Committee. Incredible hosting by Joe. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine, all tasted blind. Bonus wines. My first time having this from Shafer, and it’s very down the middle. Epitomizes Cali chard. It’s not overly oaked, but certainly kissed by some. A crowd pleaser. Little bit of marzipan, lemon bar pastries and honey butter.

Weekly Wednesday Wine Committee. Incredible hosting by Joe. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine, all tasted blind. Bonus wines. My first time having this from Shafer, and it’s very down the middle. Epitomizes Cali chard. It’s not overly oaked, but certainly kissed by some. A crowd pleaser. Little bit of marzipan, lemon bar pastries and honey butter.

9.2

Jordan Wardlaw Delectable Pro

Big Chardonnay with plenty of toast. Loaded with tropical fruits, white flowers and caramel. Rounded, creamy texture that verges on oily. Excellent extraction, very aromatic and ripe. Not as lean as I expected. California Chardonnay lovers are in luck. I’m looking for more acidity, but this is always of a high quality.

Big Chardonnay with plenty of toast. Loaded with tropical fruits, white flowers and caramel. Rounded, creamy texture that verges on oily. Excellent extraction, very aromatic and ripe. Not as lean as I expected. California Chardonnay lovers are in luck. I’m looking for more acidity, but this is always of a high quality.

8.9

Vino Kaela Delectable Pro

Bright vibrant yellow/gold color. The nose is fresh with pear and yellow apple, soft notes of toast. What’s really impressive is the texture. Rich and opulent but so well balanced with a satisfying amount of acidity to counter the riches. The finish is long and supple. Email me to find out the great pricing that I have for this CA icon. Kaela.Milller@jjbuckley.com

Bright vibrant yellow/gold color. The nose is fresh with pear and yellow apple, soft notes of toast. What’s really impressive is the texture. Rich and opulent but so well balanced with a satisfying amount of acidity to counter the riches. The finish is long and supple. Email me to find out the great pricing that I have for this CA icon. Kaela.Milller@jjbuckley.com

9.3

Jordi Farre

Espectacular chardonnay de Napa! Complexe en nas, amb punts de brioix, gran entrada, molt ample en boca i llarg regust. Vi molt ben fet, amb l’acidesa justa i força cos. Tocs minerals. Sensacional. 77€ at Vinacoteca

Espectacular chardonnay de Napa! Complexe en nas, amb punts de brioix, gran entrada, molt ample en boca i llarg regust. Vi molt ben fet, amb l’acidesa justa i força cos. Tocs minerals. Sensacional. 77€ at Vinacoteca

9.5

Emily Biskup

Yum! Buy!

Yum! Buy!

9.2

Zach Barnes

Cougar juice +

Cougar juice +

8.8

Michael Mallon

Big, round California chard. Tropical fruit, vanilla, toasted oak, butter. Enough acidity to balance the opulence. A good cocktail wine.

Big, round California chard. Tropical fruit, vanilla, toasted oak, butter. Enough acidity to balance the opulence. A good cocktail wine.

8.9

Wayne Stargardt

Wonderful. Sharp apricot with tones of pineapple, and creamy butter.

Wonderful. Sharp apricot with tones of pineapple, and creamy butter.

9.2

Ben Murray

Not buttery but not light. Acidic, medium body.

Not buttery but not light. Acidic, medium body.

8.5

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