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Shafer Chardonnay Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch 2009

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The 2009 offerslush, luxurious aromas and flavors of melon, honeysuckle, apricot, pineapple and flint all held together with bright acidity, good structure and elegant balance.

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Shafer Vineyards:
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.

Member Reviews for Shafer Chardonnay Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch

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Snooth User: Nobuo  Nakasugi
1155368178
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 05/11/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: ChampagneBrat
20462012
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/24/2009

Clean, crisp, peach and tropical fruit notes, medium to full-bodied, nice finish.


Snooth User: belasan
7146267
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/25/2009

Five glasses


Snooth User: epal60
4138513
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 01/17/2008

Four glasses


Snooth User: abithompson
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 04/27/2008

Three glasses


External Reviews for Shafer Chardonnay Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 01/30/2013

Shafer's 2010 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch offers up lemon, white flowers, spices and crushed rocks. The cold, late vintage yielded a wine loaded with intensity, focus and verve. As has been the case in recent years, the Chardonnay is aged 75% in oa... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2010 Shafer Vineyards Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/28/2012

The 70 acre Red Shoulder Ranch was purchased by Doug Shafer back in 1988. Carefully selected, small-cluster Chardonnay clones were planted and since the first vintage in 1994 this wine has been a standout among California Chards. It's always barrel fermented using only wild yeasts. The wine matures on the lees for 14 months and since it undergoes no malolactic fermentation this Chardonnay retains a lively natural acidity. The vineyard is named for its Red-shouldered Hawks and other birds of prey, who play an important role in Shafer's natural farming practices. This 2010 is a triple 90+ scorer. Wine Enthusiast Magazine rated it 93 points saying "Another terrific offering from Shafer, this is a wine that seems to do well regardless of the vintage. It always shows a firm minerality and slight herbaceousness, with tropical fruit flavors and a smoky coating of fine oak. It's a shade less opulent than the 2009, making this very elegant and refined, yet still rich and complex. Don't drink it too cold—airing brings out subtle nuances."


External Review
Vintage: 2010 05/29/2013

The 2011 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch has a similar aromatic and flavor profile as the 2010 with more textural richness and oiliness because of the presence of botrytis in this vintage. I have to say, the 2011 is highly intriguing. It will be interesting


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 04/18/2012

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2010 Shafer Vineyards Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 04/24/2012

The 2010 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch reveals a brighter profile than the 2009. Citrus, flowers, crushed rocks and mint wrap around the energetic, focused finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2010 Shafer Vineyards Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch 750ml


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

Bright, pale yellow-gold. Aromas of lemon drop, citrus blossom and fresh herbs. Juicy, intense and light on its feet, with a strong floral character providing lift to the flavors of lemon, apple and spices. Just a touch of alcohol on the back end.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2009 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is a gorgeous wine laced with expressive fruit and an open, radiant personality. Subtle hints of French oak and flowers are nicely layered into the finish. The 2009 was aged 75% in French oak and 25% in stainless steel. Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2015.


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The 2009 offerslush, luxurious aromas and flavors of melon, honeysuckle, apricot, pineapple and flint all held together with bright acidity, good structure and elegant balance.

Closure: Cork


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