Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2015
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."
Wine SpectatorRich and spicy, featuring an elegant mix of baked apple, honeydew melon, pear and light minerally notes. Ends full and persistent, with a long, layered aftertaste. Drink now through 2021