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Shafer Chardonnay Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch 2009
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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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. Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2009 Shafer Vineyards Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch 750ml
The Carneros region offers a long, cool growing season. That, plus the prevention of malolactic fermentation by winemaker Elias Fernandez, emphasizes the refreshing acidity in this Chardonnay. Five different Chardonnay clones, notable for small clusters and low yields, are planted in this vineyard, named for the red-shouldered hawks that keep the rodents under control.
Another great RSR. A bit soft, but that'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.
Bold, ripe and delicious, with tiers of citrus-laced pear, pineapple, lemon drop and nectarine, yet for all its richness and depth, this is an elegantly styled wine that is graceful and polished. Drink now through 2009.
The 2004 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch, a non-malolactic cuvee that sees 50% new oak, continues the success they have had with this full-throttle, widely available Chardonnay (over 5,000 cases produced). Shafer's earliest harvested Chardonnay on record, the 2004 exhibits abundant fruit, honeysuckle, apricot, and citrus oil characteristics in its classic, full-bodied personality. With good acidity as well as abundant oak, this beauty should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.
Production of the non-malolactic, full-throttle Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay ranges between 4,500-6,000 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.
Clean, crisp and flinty, with green apple, lime, quince and spicy hazelnut notes that are pure and focused, gaining depth on the finish. Drink now through 2012.
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