Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2014

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SKU 12834

750ml

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Shafer's single-vineyard Carneros-grown Chardonnay is produced from small-clustered clones of grapes selected for their low yields and distinctive flavors. Fermentation takes place in oak and stainless steel barrels using native yeasts. The wine matures on the lees for 14 months in 75% new French oak barrels (Allier and Vosge) and 25% in stainless steel barrels. 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. Robert Parker says this is "…one of the best non-malolactic, barrel-fermented Chardonnays in California."
Category White Wine
Varietal
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Carneros
Brand Shafer
Alcohol/vol 14.9%
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateFirst, their non-malolactic 2014 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch comes from a cool-climate vineyard in Carneros. This is aged in 75% oak casks and 25% stainless steel, which seems to be the perfect marriage for showcasing this wine's rich fruit. The wine has loads of tangerine oil, citrus blossom, a hint of apples and orange marmalade. The oak is subtle, the wine medium to full-bodied, pure and rich. (This is the official tasting note, but I shared two bottles with some friends of mine at the casual Market restaurant in St. Helena, and it was a huge hit.)

Robert Parker, October 28, 2016
  • we93

Wine EnthusiastThis marquee estate site supplies yet another gorgeous vintage of this powerful white, which opens with a crisp aroma of orange blossom. It follows in to the full-bodied palate, alongside layers of pear, pineapple and melon, all kept fresh by juicy acidity amid bites of oak and baking spice.

Virginie Boone, October 1, 2016
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorElegance and finesse define the pear, melon and honeysuckle flavors, which are lingering and persistent. The creamy texture features a touch of pithy citrus skin, adding to the nuance and complexity. Drink now through 2022. 6,700 cases made.

James Laube, November 30, 2016