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Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2011
Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay is a single-vineyard wine produced from grapes grown in the Carneros appellation. Shafer's Red Shoulder Ranch vineyard is planted to five different Chardonnay clones selected for their small clusters, low yields and distinctive flavors. The wine is fermented using the yeasts that grow wild in Carneros, which adds an extra dimension of complexity. It is spared malolactic fermentation in order to retain abundant natural flavors and acidity. The wine remains in barrel for 15 months, with the lees stirred weekly by hand to create a rich, creamy texture.
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.
External Reviews for Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay
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.
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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