47 Ratings
Shafer Vineyards Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

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Wine Description

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.

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  • Planet Grape
    (2014 Vintage) Soft, round, silky and fresh with notes of lemon zest, apple, peach, almond croissant and chalk. Beautifully balanced and a wine of great finesse.
  • Ken's Wine Guide
    (2006 Vintage) If you are looking for a special, special occasion wine, I found one for you. This buttercup yellow colored wine opens with a light lemon and ripe pineapple like bouquet. On the palate, this full b...
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2006 Vintage) Showing up here in its usual full-bodied, highly ripened stance, Shafer's Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay is one again big and somewhat blustery with ripe apple fruit notes and lots and lots of rich oak in tow. It is a little bit tighter at the back end than has been the norm but that extra energy will allow the wine to be a good partner to savory fish dishes, as well as to a wide variety of chicken and smoked meat dishes.
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2006 Vintage) Aromas of lime, lemon drop, minerals, talc and spices. Dense, chewy and juicy, with a dusty, tactile texture and a classic dryness. A superripe flavor of apricot nectar is enlivened by bright acidity and a note of citrus pith. This large-scaled chardonnay harmonized nicely with extended aeration: I'd give it another year in the bottle before pulling the cork.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2003 Vintage) With its sweeping aromas of caramelly oak and ripe-apple fruit making for a very dramatic start, Shafer's latest comes through in the mouth with big, mouthfilling flavors that live up to the scale and richness of the nose. It is quite well-balanced for a wine of its size and ripeness, and it carries more than enough fruity stuffing to handily buffer the evident edge of heat that is very much part of its finish.