Shafer Vineyards Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2018

$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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Ratings on Delectable

Keaton Kail

I probably haven’t earned it but this bottle of wine cost me (just) less than a nice night out and under the circumstances this option has delivered. Oak spices are just so perfectly integrated with racy, fresh cool-weather fruit and an eager, dynamic acid profile that you want more and more. Juicy pear, lemon/lime, spiced creme brûlée. Very glad I’m not sharing. 0% malolactic.

I probably haven’t earned it but this bottle of wine cost me (just) less than a nice night out and under the circumstances this option has delivered. Oak spices are just so perfectly integrated with racy, fresh cool-weather fruit and an eager, dynamic acid profile that you want more and more. Juicy pear, lemon/lime, spiced creme brûlée. Very glad I’m not sharing. 0% malolactic.

9.4

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