2019 Shafer "Red Shoulder Ranch" Carneros Chardonnay

SKU #1566993 94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark I've always loved the Chardonnay from this team, and their 2019 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch has that classic richer, full-bodied style while staying balanced and light on its feet. Buttered lemons, tangerines, green almond, and toasty notes all make an appearance, and it's incredibly textured, with nicely integrated acidity and one heck of a finish. This powerful Chardonnay is going to impress right out of the gate. Inner quote mark (1/2021)

92-94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2019 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is a beautiful wine. Soft, creamy and layered in the glass, the 2019 possesses superb balance from the outset. Lees stirring brings out creaminess and resonance, yet the 2019 retains terrific energy to match its mid-weight personality. This is very nicely done. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch opens with opulent scents of pineapple upside-down cake, green mango and ripe apricots with hints of candied ginger, brioche, allspice and toasted almonds. The rich, creamy-textured palate is laden with tropical fruit and juicy peach flavors, supported by a racy backbone and finishes long and spicy. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A citrusy vintage of Shafer’s chardonnay, this wine’s orange-blossom scents set the tone for the sweet fruit, even as the wine remains tight, with youthful energy to spare. Decant it while you grill swordfish with lemon and fresh dill. (JG) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay is a single-vineyard estate wine that reflects its cool, marine-influenced site in Napa Valley’s Carneros District overlooking San Francisco Bay. Barrel-fermented with ambient yeast and matured for 14 months in a combination of 75% new French oak barrels and 25% stainless-steel barrels. Much fresher than this used to be! With some green streaks and real vitality. Long and satisfying. (JR) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

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