Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch 2012

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Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2012 is 100% Chardonnay from Shafer's Red Shoulder Ranch in Carneros. This elega...

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We're pretty siked for the 2011 Carneros vintage - cooler temperatures meant lower alcohol level and higher acid than the most recent vintages. Sha... Read more

The 2011 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch has a similar aromatic and flavor profile as the 2010 with more textural richness and oiliness because of th... Read more

Bright yellow. Cool, almost Chablis-like aromas of lime, white pepper, nettles, mint and menthol, plus a savory whiff of chicken broth. Dense and i... Read more

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Vintage: 2011 03/06/2013

We're pretty siked for the 2011 Carneros vintage - cooler temperatures meant lower alcohol level and higher acid than the most recent vintages. Shafer Chardonnay has notes of citrus, flowers, crushed rocks and mint wrap around the energetic, focused finish.


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Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

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 to see where the wine goes over the coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017. -Antonio Galloni Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 10/28/2013

Bright yellow. Cool, almost Chablis-like aromas of lime, white pepper, nettles, mint and menthol, plus a savory whiff of chicken broth. Dense and intensely flavored, with superb acidity and penetrating minerality giving this wine an amazingly racy quality for its 14.8% alcohol. The long, rising finish features terrific lingering spice character. My favorite chardonnay to date from Shafer, this beauty offers a great combination of weight and intensity.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 10/28/2013

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 oak and 25% in steel. This is a fabulous showing from Shafer. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2015.


Winemaker's Notes:

Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2012 is 100% Chardonnay from Shafer's Red Shoulder Ranch in Carneros. This elegant single vineyard California white is aged 14 months in 75% new French oak barrels and 25% in stainless steel barrels and offers lively fruit character with excellent minerality and length. "The gorgeous, honeyed, citrus 2012 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch appears to have backed off considerably on the oak. Medium to full-bodied with striking purity and texture as well as a delicious combination of tropical fruit, citrus and minerality, this beauty should drink well for 3-4 years."-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (91 Points)

Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2012 is 100% Chardonnay from Shafer's Red Shoulder Ranch in Carneros. This elegant single vineyard California white is aged 14 months in 75% new French oak barrels and 25% in stainless steel barrels and offers lively fruit character with excellent minerality and length. "The gorgeous, honeyed, citrus 2012 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch appears to have backed off considerably on the oak. Medium to full-bodied with striking purity and texture as well as a delicious combination of tropical fruit, citrus and minerality, this beauty should drink well for 3-4 years."-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (91 Points)

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