Shafer 2017 Chardonnay, Red Shoulder Ranch, Carneros

Shafer 2017 Chardonnay, Red Shoulder Ranch, Carneros

95
Jeb Dunnuck
92
Wine Enthusiast

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Quick Taste

  • 95 points!
  • Single Vyd. Carneros Chard
  • Barrel fermented with wild yeasts

About Shafer 2017 Chardonnay, Red Shoulder Ranch, Carneros

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.

This 2017 aged 14 months in 75% new French oak barrels (Allier, Vosges) and 25% in stainless steel barrels 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.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 92 points saying "A perennial powerhouse white, this delivers gorgeously constructed layers of rich pineapple, guava and mango, complemented by vanilla and baking spice from the oak. A steely midpalate shows bright acidity that lifts the concentration."


Jeb Dunnuck scored this 95 points saying "While the reds get all the attention from this great estate, they also make a sensational Chardonnay. Their 2017 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch comes from the cooler Carneros region, located in the southern part of Napa Valley, and it offers a full-bodied, rich, powerful style that carries loads of white currant and peach fruits as well subtle floral and brioche notes. It’s a classic Napa Valley Chardonnay that blends power and freshness."


Wine Details

  • Alcohol % 14.5%
  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type White
  • Country United States
  • Region California
  • Appellation Carneros

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