2001 Shafer "Red Shoulder Ranch" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Another wonderfully complex wine from this single vineyard on the Napa side of the A.V.A. It's a tight, young wine, showing lime, apricot and mineral flavors. A sunburst of acidity marks the clean, dry finish. Oak and lees play supporting roles. It's likely this wine will improve over the long haul.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2001 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch seems already to have passed its joy period, although it is still an outstanding wine with good acidity, loads of honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and some white currants. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Delicate aromas of pear, lemon and lime; seems cooler and less exotic than the 2000. Intense citrus flavors enlivened by firm acidity. A distinctly cooler but particularly fresh version of this wine, which does not go through malolactic fermentation. (ST)
Exotic smoky orange and vibrant citrus flavors lead to a spicy core of tangerine-infused pear and nectarine flavors. Picks up and finishes with a delicate touch of smoky, toasty oak, while keeping the citrus flavors at the forefront. (JL)
This Chardonnay is produced entirely from grapes grown in the Carneros district on the winery's Red Shoulder Ranch, named for the red-shouldered hawks that play an important role in Shafer's natural farming practices. The vineyard was planted in 1990 to five different Chardonnay clones specially selected for their small clusters, low yields and distinctive flavors. Rich and delicious.