47 Ratings
Shafer Vineyards Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

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(2006 Vintage) "This is a wine that offers layers of flamboyant flavors on an initial taste while more delicate layers emerge as the wine develops in the glass – aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, Fuji apple, apric...

(2006 Vintage) 2006 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Rich and creamy, both in flavor and texture, bold and extracted, with fleshy fig, apricot and light nutmeg shadings. Yet for all its power it offers a sense of elegance and balance. Drink now through 2011.J.L. March 12, 2008The 2006 chardonnay (25% aged in steel barrels and the balance in wood) is an even larger cuvee of 6,300 cases. Medium to full-bodied with notes of honeyed pineapple, nectarine, and some spice, the wine exhibits good acidity, purity, and plenty of length. Drink it over the next several years. One of Napas most prominent and respected wineries, read more...Shafer is a poster boy for remarkable and consistent quality across the board. All of this is the work of the brilliant father and son team of John and Doug Shafer as well as their long-term winemaker and vineyard manager, Elias Fernandez. With over 200-plus acres of estate holdings, and 55 surrounding their winery in Stags Leap, this is a winery that never seems to disappoint. Wine Advocate # 174Dec 2007 This is a California Wine (hide)

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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.
  • 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.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2004 Vintage) Shafer's Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnays are not known for their subtlety, and this highly ripened, big-bodied version stays true to form. It delivers plenty of fruit and a full complement of sweet oak with palate-coating viscosity and no small measure of heat as the price of its considerable richness. It is kept on course by its fine sense of balance all the same, and, if not a wine for drinking with delicate foods, it will fill the bill nicely when the menu calls for something extra.