Shafer

Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

9.1413 ratings
9.067 pro ratings
Carneros, North Coast, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
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.

2 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
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.1

Part of the fun of wine are the different styles. It's very pretty, stylish with with richness offset perfectly by fresh acidity.

Part of the fun of wine are the different styles. It's very pretty, stylish with with richness offset perfectly by fresh acidity.

Jun 5th, 2017
Bob Bryden

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

9.4

Wow! One of smoothest California Chards with silky, luscious mouthfeel and a bouquet of aromas that are balanced as well as electric and oh so satisfying. A truly stunning wine.

Wow! One of smoothest California Chards with silky, luscious mouthfeel and a bouquet of aromas that are balanced as well as electric and oh so satisfying. A truly stunning wine.

May 21st, 2017
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

8.8

This has developed nicely. I'm not a Shafer fan, but here its aged character appealed to me. Served blind, I decided on a California Chardonnay 2000; close but no cigar.

This has developed nicely. I'm not a Shafer fan, but here its aged character appealed to me. Served blind, I decided on a California Chardonnay 2000; close but no cigar.

Aug 10th, 2016