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Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch 2016

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Price: $65.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

94 Points
“This is a perennially impressive wine, floral in a heady perfume of white roses. Fresh and fleshy, the expansive palate offers concentrated flavors of kiwi and pineapple. The wine was largely fermented in oak, then aged just over a year in French oak (75% new). It holds the oak well, ending bright in juicy acidity.” - Wine Enthusiast (7/18)

“The 2016 offers alluring, energetic aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, kiwi, apricot, citrus zest, pineapple, and toasted almond – a dazzling, juicy bowl of exotic fruit held together with flinty structure, pleasing minerality, and refreshing acidity. Entirely from Shafer’s Red Shoulder Ranch in Carneros, whole-cluster pressed, barrel fermented and aged 14 months in 75% new French oak.” - Winemaker, Elias Fernandez

BACKGROUND
Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay is a wine that bears the elegant imprint of its vineyard home – 68 acres that roll across the pastoral hill country of Los Carneros, a place where Napa Valley meets the northernmost rim of San Francisco Bay. The vineyard is named to honor the Red-shouldered Hawks and other birds of prey that play a vital role in sustainable farming practices (in this case keeping gopher and other rodent populations naturally under control).
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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

94 Points
“This is a perennially impressive wine, floral in a heady perfume of white roses. Fresh and fleshy, the expansive palate offers concentrated flavors of kiwi and pineapple. The wine was largely fermented in oak, then aged just over a year in French oak (75% new). It holds the oak well, ending bright in juicy acidity.” - Wine Enthusiast (7/18)

“The 2016 offers alluring, energetic aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, kiwi, apricot, citrus zest, pineapple, and toasted almond – a dazzling, juicy bowl of exotic fruit held together with flinty structure, pleasing minerality, and refreshing acidity. Entirely from Shafer’s Red Shoulder Ranch in Carneros, whole-cluster pressed, barrel fermented and aged 14 months in 75% new French oak.” - Winemaker, Elias Fernandez

BACKGROUND
Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay is a wine that bears the elegant imprint of its vineyard home – 68 acres that roll across the pastoral hill country of Los Carneros, a place where Napa Valley meets the northernmost rim of San Francisco Bay. The vineyard is named to honor the Red-shouldered Hawks and other birds of prey that play a vital role in sustainable farming practices (in this case keeping gopher and other rodent populations naturally under control).

Winery Shafer

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AVA

Region Napa Valley