Shafer Vineyards Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2017

$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. 94 Points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a perennially impressive wine, floral in a heady perfume of white roses. Fresh and fleshy, the expansive palate offers concentrated flavors of kiwi and pineapple. The wine was largely fermented in oak, then aged just over a year in French oak (75% new). It holds the oak well, ending bright in juicy acidity." 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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Pale gold color with aromas of stone and tropical fruits with a bit of citrus and sweet floral, aged 75% French oak & 25% stainless, no malolactic fermentation. On the palate melon, pineapple, apricot and some honeysuckle with hints of lemon zest and biscuit notes, delicate, complex and well balanced. Long finish, savory, ending with mineral tones and nutty toasty character. Will age well. Outstanding!

Pale gold color with aromas of stone and tropical fruits with a bit of citrus and sweet floral, aged 75% French oak & 25% stainless, no malolactic fermentation. On the palate melon, pineapple, apricot and some honeysuckle with hints of lemon zest and biscuit notes, delicate, complex and well balanced. Long finish, savory, ending with mineral tones and nutty toasty character. Will age well. Outstanding!

9.2

Ignacio Sarmiento

City Fish - Boca. Shay loved

City Fish - Boca. Shay loved

9.1

Christian Fischer

Nice and unusually crisp for a CA Chardonnay. Very enjoyable.

Nice and unusually crisp for a CA Chardonnay. Very enjoyable.

9.1

Kimberly Anderson

Pleasantly surprised. Heavy pineapple aromas. Lemon pith, Stone fruit, white flowers, and toasted almonds. Med-Firm acidity. #shafervineyards

Pleasantly surprised. Heavy pineapple aromas. Lemon pith, Stone fruit, white flowers, and toasted almonds. Med-Firm acidity. #shafervineyards

9.0

K J

Mina Vegas. A bit fruity for a Chardonnay.

Mina Vegas. A bit fruity for a Chardonnay.

9.2

Kandis Schaper

Lemony. Love it.

Lemony. Love it.

9.1

Jared Mayron

Very smooth, pineapple, fruit, old world, creamy mouth. Butter aftertaste, almost flawless

Very smooth, pineapple, fruit, old world, creamy mouth. Butter aftertaste, almost flawless

9.6

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