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Sherry-Lehmann USD 61.95 750ml

Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2016

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Shafer’s single-vineyard Carneros-grown Chardonnay is produced from small-clustered clones ofgrapes selected for their low yields and distinctive flavors. Fermentation takes place within individualoak and stainless steel barrels using native 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 sustainable farming practices.Winemaker's Comments“The 2016 offers alluring, energetic aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, kiwi, apricot, citrus zest,pineapple, and toasted almond – a dazzling, juicy bowl of exotic fruit held together with flintystructure, pleasing minerality, and refreshing acidity.”—Elias Fernandez

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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.

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Vintage: 2008 06/02/2010

Slightly toasty nose of white peach, green apple and d'anjou pear. On the palate, nice up front acidity with honeyed fruits and some vanilla tones. Lovely kiss of oak on the finish. - Tasted at Khoury's 6/2/10


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Vintage: 2013 07/12/2015

Shafer’s 2013 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is quite suave and silky on the palate, with a bit more creaminess and textural depth than the 2012. Citrus, white flowers, mint and smoke are all layered into the super-expressive finish. Winemaker Elias Fernandez adds that yields were a bit more generous in 2013, although conditions were cooler.


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Vintage: 2013 07/12/2015

The 2013 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch looks like one of their all-time greats, and to date they’ve all been very impressive wines. The crisp tangerine, honeyed citrus, pear and white peach notes are prominent in this beautifully fruited medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that shows additional orange marmalade notes in the mouth. It’s textured, crisp acid, from having not gone though malolactic, gives it focus and zest, and the overall impression is one of brilliant richness subtly touched by smoke, but letting the fruit dominate.


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Vintage: 2012 01/13/2015

Bright light-medium yellow. Pungent aromas of mirabelle, orange blossom, white currant and subtle oak, lifted by a floral high note. Densely packed and firm, with bright acidity and a hint of minerality intensifying the peach and citrus flavors. Boasts excellent clarity and length: this may be even better in two years. This wine has changed 180 degrees in recent vintages, from opulent and very oaky to still quite dense but with more clarity and energy..


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Vintage: 2012 08/24/2015

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.


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Vintage: 2012 01/13/2015

Pure, ripe, intense and elegant, offering a mix of green pear, apple, citrus and green fig, with with a long, lingering finish. Drink now.


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Vintage: 2012 01/13/2015

The 2012 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch was a smaller crop for Chardonnay than the 2013, and shows the mandarin orange characteristics with tropical fruit such as pineapple and subtle hints of peach and delicate background smoke. It’s medium to full-bodied, lively, and should drink well for another 3–4 years.


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Vintage: 2012 01/20/2015

Richly made, this offers juicy stone fruit such as peach alongside more unusual flavors of fennel and kiwi, a streak of minerality running throughout the more weighted layers. A fantastic food wine, it can be paired with plates of cheese and charcuterie, even foie gras where it’s legal.


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Shafer’s single-vineyard Carneros-grown Chardonnay is produced from small-clustered clones ofgrapes selected for their low yields and distinctive flavors. Fermentation takes place within individualoak and stainless steel barrels using native 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 sustainable farming practices.Winemaker's Comments“The 2016 offers alluring, energetic aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, kiwi, apricot, citrus zest,pineapple, and toasted almond – a dazzling, juicy bowl of exotic fruit held together with flintystructure, pleasing minerality, and refreshing acidity.”—Elias Fernandez

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