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 togeth...

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Pure, ripe and richly flavored, with tiers of nectarine, fig, honeysuckle and smoky oak. Full-bodied, with touches of citrus blossom and lemon peel... Read more

Winemakers Notes - Our winemaker Elias Fernandez says this may be the vintage of the decade. It was a lengthy, cool, mild summer which allowed the ... Read more

Shafer consistently produces one of the biggest, fruitiest Chardonnays in California, and yet the wine remains balanced and interesting. The 2009 R... Read more

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External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
08/20/2012

Pure, ripe and richly flavored, with tiers of nectarine, fig, honeysuckle and smoky oak. Full-bodied, with touches of citrus blossom and lemon peel. Drink now through 2017.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
09/16/2011

Winemakers Notes - Our winemaker Elias Fernandez says this may be the vintage of the decade. It was a lengthy, cool, mild summer which allowed the fruit to hang under near ideal conditions for a long, long time. Add to that, throughout our vineyards we saw looser clusters of smaller berries.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
08/20/2012

Shafer consistently produces one of the biggest, fruitiest Chardonnays in California, and yet the wine remains balanced and interesting. The 2009 Red Shoulder Ranch is gigantic in pineapples, pears, mangoes, tangerines and honey, yet so minerally and crisp that somehow it finishes dry.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Yellow straw. Moderately full-bodied. Full acidity. Moderately extracted. Lime, citrus, oak spice. Vibrant, lively and structured with impressive concentration and a lingering persistence of citrus acids. This should develop more complexity with further bottle age.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

The 1995 reveals a super-rich nose, considerable body and intensity, high extraction of flavor, yet no sense of heaviness or flabbiness - 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 2-3 years.


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.


External Review
01/06/2012

Selected as both a Wine Spectator Top 100 Wine for 2011 and a Wine Enthusiast Top 100 for 2011 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. 2009 was a standout, perhaps one of the best ever. It scored 96 points, by Wine Enthusiast Magazine who said "Shafer consistently produces one of the biggest, fruitiest Chardonnays in California, yet the wine remains balanced and interesting....gigantic in pineapples, pears, mangoes, tangerines and honey, and yet so minerally and crisp that somehow it finishes dry." Limited!


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Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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