Shafer Chardonnay Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch 2007
From a modest beginning of 1,000 cases in 1978, the winery has grown steadily until reaching its present size of 32,000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Syrah. Today Shafer wines are available in major markets nationwide and in many foreign markets.
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The 1995 reveals a super-rich nose, considerable body and intensity, high extraction of flavor, yet no sense of heaviness or flabbiness mdash; no doubt because the underlying zingy acidity gives the wine vibrancy and lift. This non-malolactic Chardonnay is aged in 50% new French oak casks, with balance in one-year old barrels. Well-endowed, with considerable glycerin and a blossoming complexity, the 1995 should drink well for another 2ndash;3 years.
More fruit-driven, the 2000 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is full-bodied, powerful, and rich with oodles of orange marmalade, apricot, peach, and pineapple liqueur-like notes as well as beautifully integrated oak. For a wine of this size, there is a vivaciousness because of the vibrant acidity. Enjoy it over the next 3ndash;4 years.
Production of the non-malolactic, full-throttle Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay ranges between 4,500ndash;6,000 cases per year. The exceptional 2004 exhibits plenty of honeysuckle, tropical fruit, and citrus oil characteristics, a subtle touch of smoky oak, zesty acidity, and a full, fleshy palate. Enjoy it over the next several years.
Powerful in the white Burgundy manner, this 100% Chardonnay was aged in 85% new oak and is very ripe. It brims with pineapple tart, tangerine, lime, vanilla-infused cregrave;me brucirc;leacute;e and smoky wood flavors, with a firm minerality suggesting the tang of cold steel. Dryness and zesty acidity give it balance and elegance.
The non-malolactic barrel-fermented, green/gold-colored 2007 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch offers loads of tropical fruit, pear, and honeysuckle characteristics in its full-bodied personality. The oak component has been downplayed over recent vintages, and the wine is all the better for it, displaying gorgeously pure fruit. It should drink nicely for 2ndash;4 years.
Another great RSR. A bit soft, but thatrsquo;s okay, as the pineapple custard, white peach and vanilla-oak flavors are perked up by bright citron and Meyer lemon. The finish is pure honey, rich and long and spicy. Such a complex wine.