Shafer

Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

9.1442 ratings
9.069 pro ratings
Carneros, North Coast, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Vino Kaela

Bright vibrant yellow/gold color. The nose is fresh with pear and yellow apple, soft notes of toast. What’s really impressive is the texture. Rich and opulent but so well balanced with a satisfying amount of acidity to counter the riches. The finish is long and supple. Email me to find out the great pricing that I have for this CA icon. Kaela.Milller@jjbuckley.com

Bright vibrant yellow/gold color. The nose is fresh with pear and yellow apple, soft notes of toast. What’s really impressive is the texture. Rich and opulent but so well balanced with a satisfying amount of acidity to counter the riches. The finish is long and supple. Email me to find out the great pricing that I have for this CA icon. Kaela.Milller@jjbuckley.com

Apr 18th, 2018
Beau Carson

If I had to drink a wine with this much oak, I would not choose this.

If I had to drink a wine with this much oak, I would not choose this.

Apr 9th, 2018
Jordan Wardlaw

Big Chardonnay with plenty of toast. Loaded with tropical fruits, white flowers and caramel. Rounded, creamy texture that verges on oily. Excellent extraction, very aromatic and ripe. Not as lean as I expected. California Chardonnay lovers are in luck. I’m looking for more acidity, but this is always of a high quality.

Big Chardonnay with plenty of toast. Loaded with tropical fruits, white flowers and caramel. Rounded, creamy texture that verges on oily. Excellent extraction, very aromatic and ripe. Not as lean as I expected. California Chardonnay lovers are in luck. I’m looking for more acidity, but this is always of a high quality.

Mar 3rd, 2018
Aaron Means

Good in that oaky way!

Good in that oaky way!

Nov 5th, 2017
Jimmy Smith

Director, West and North London Wine School

9.0

2013: newly released. Soft, approachable leesy, creamy style. Light vanilla, but good ripe peach, hint of pineapple. Taste is medium bodied, soft, and not overt. Quite elegant, slightly warming, but good texture. Somewhere between a Burgundy and a Cali

2013: newly released. Soft, approachable leesy, creamy style. Light vanilla, but good ripe peach, hint of pineapple. Taste is medium bodied, soft, and not overt. Quite elegant, slightly warming, but good texture. Somewhere between a Burgundy and a Cali

4 people found it helpfulJun 10th, 2015
Christy Canterbury MW

Master of Wine

9.2

Utterly astounded by the graceful structure of this wine, despite its inherent "big-ness". So happy to revise my thoughts on this winery's Chard, even if only in this vintage.

Utterly astounded by the graceful structure of this wine, despite its inherent "big-ness". So happy to revise my thoughts on this winery's Chard, even if only in this vintage.

3 people found it helpfulJan 18th, 2015
M. Ventre

Very polished, nice supporting acid, like a lemon cream pie. drinking very well right now- and was fantastic on a day like yesterday #hotaugustwhites #shafer

Very polished, nice supporting acid, like a lemon cream pie. drinking very well right now- and was fantastic on a day like yesterday #hotaugustwhites #shafer

1 person found it helpfulAug 17th, 2015
Jeff Sidwell

Owner Bon! Gourmet

9.1

No maolo but new french oak lemon curd and spice custard flan

No maolo but new french oak lemon curd and spice custard flan

1 person found it helpfulJun 3rd, 2015
Andrew Kleinhans

One of my favorites.

One of my favorites.

1 person found it helpfulAug 10th, 2014
Aaron Means

Deep golden color with some browning to the edges. Smells of ripe apple/pear compote, pineapple sauce, brioche, and lingering butter and vanilla extract. In the mouth, sweet tropical fruits transition with above average acidity to grass, lanolin, and buttered toast. Still very much alive at its old age and proves how well Shafer Chards are made!

Deep golden color with some browning to the edges. Smells of ripe apple/pear compote, pineapple sauce, brioche, and lingering butter and vanilla extract. In the mouth, sweet tropical fruits transition with above average acidity to grass, lanolin, and buttered toast. Still very much alive at its old age and proves how well Shafer Chards are made!

1 person found it helpfulJan 14th, 2014