2018 Shafer "Red Shoulder Ranch" Carneros Chardonnay

SKU #1465987 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Tasted out of bottle, the 2018 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is beautifully done, with a vibrant yet rich style carrying notes of buttered lemon, orange blossom, white flowers, and toasted bread. With bright acidity, terrific overall balance, and a great finish, this is classic Napa Valley Chardonnay to enjoy over the coming 5-7 years. I wouldn't be surprised to see it keep even longer as well. Inner quote mark (1/2021)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This robust, full-bodied white holds its weight and pedigree remarkably well, offering an intensely flavored, richly layered experience that seamlessly provides freshness along the way. Apple, cinnamon and nutmeg are complemented by toasted oak and lasting structure. (VB) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

K&L Notes

While Shafer is known the world over for their iconic Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon and Relentless Syrah, they also produce one of California's most exquisite single-vineyard Chardonnays. The Red Shoulder Ranch is Shafer's estate vineyard in the cool-climate Carneros appellation, ideally suited for balanced and nuanced Chardonnay that never lacks in ripe fruit expression. The wine undergoes aging in 75% oak, 25% stainless steel and is never allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. The result is an utterly singular wine with structural and textural balance that are rarely found in luxury Napa Chardonnay. According to long-time winemaker Elias Fernandez, "This 25th vintage of our Chardonnay offers abundant, exotic aromas and flavors of citrus blossom, apricot, pineapple, grapefruit zest, and honeydew melon all held together with seamless structure, elegant balance, and energy that comes from pure, clean acidity."

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