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Shafer 2011 Chardonnay, Red Shoulder Ranch, Carneros
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  Shafer 2011 Chardonnay, Red Shoulder Ranch, Carneros
Item Number:52 20 176 11
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CUSTOMER RATING
Based on the averaged scale of 1 to 5 glasses
EXPERT RATING
Based on the 100 Point Scale
 WS  90 
 WA  92 
 IWC  94 
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Shafer 2011 Chardonnay, Red Shoulder Ranch, Carneros
From the producer of #72 On the Wine Spectator Top 100 2013!
The 70 acre Red Shoulder Ranch was purchased by Doug Shafer back in 1988. Carefully selected, small-cluster Chardonnay clones were planted and since the first vintage in 1994 this wine has been a standout among California Chards. It's always barrel fermented using only wild yeasts. The wine matures on the lees for 14 months and since it undergoes no malolactic fermentation this Chardonnay retains a lively natural acidity. The vineyard is named for its Red-shouldered Hawks and other birds of prey, who play an important role in Shafer's natural farming practices. This 2011 is a triple 90 point scorer. The International Wine Cellar scored it 94 saying "Bright yellow. Cool, almost Chablis-like aromas of lime, white pepper, nettles, mint and menthol, plus a savory whiff of chicken broth. Dense and intensely flavored, with superb acidity and penetrating minerality giving this wine an amazingly racy quality for its 14.8% alcohol. The long, rising finish features terrific lingering spice character. My favorite chardonnay to date from Shafer, this beauty offers a great combination of weight and intensity."

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