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Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch 2017

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CWA96

RP

WS

JS

AG

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W&S

JH

Price: $65.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

Pre-Release Offer - Release Date: 3/5/19

“Classic” 96 Points
“Year in year out Shafer consistently offers one of the fullest, tastiest Chardonnays in California, always well-balanced and super-viscous. This 2017 Red Shoulder Ranch is gigantic in pineapple, nectarine, ripe apricot, pear, mango, tangerine and honey, yet so refreshing and dense with mineral edges and a crispness that somehow manages to finish dry. A magical Chardonnay that delivers the best of Old and New World in one.” - California Wine Advisors

Barrel Tasting Notes: “The 2017 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is a very beautiful wine. The warm vintage produced a Chardonnay that is a bit richer and more generous than has become the norm here in recent years, but the style of the wine is unchanged in its citrus and floral driven profile.” - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (12/18) 

BACKGROUND
Shafer Vineyards traces its beginnings to 1972 when John Shafer left a 23-year career in the publishing industry and, with his family, moved to the Napa Valley to pursue a second career in wine. After purchasing a 210-acre estate in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District, the Shafer family faced the arduous task of replanting the existing vineyards, which dated to the 1920s, and terracing the steep and rocky hillsides, eventually expanding vineyard acreage to its current 50 acres.

Evolving from grape growers to vintners, the Shafers crushed their first Cabernet grapes in 1978 and began construction on their winery a year later. The first Shafer Cabernet became a benchmark, winning the acclaimed San Francisco Vintners Club taste-off upon release and, over a decade later taking first place in an international blind tasting held in Germany, where it outranked such wines as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and Chateau Palmer. 

Doug Shafer became winemaker in 1983 after graduating from the University of California at Davis with a degree in enology and viticulture. A year later Elias Fernandez joined the winery as assistant winemaker. Together Doug and Elias have worked closely to forge the Shafer style of quality, consistency and elegance.
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*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

Pre-Release Offer - Release Date: 3/5/19

“Classic” 96 Points
“Year in year out Shafer consistently offers one of the fullest, tastiest Chardonnays in California, always well-balanced and super-viscous. This 2017 Red Shoulder Ranch is gigantic in pineapple, nectarine, ripe apricot, pear, mango, tangerine and honey, yet so refreshing and dense with mineral edges and a crispness that somehow manages to finish dry. A magical Chardonnay that delivers the best of Old and New World in one.” - California Wine Advisors

Barrel Tasting Notes: “The 2017 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is a very beautiful wine. The warm vintage produced a Chardonnay that is a bit richer and more generous than has become the norm here in recent years, but the style of the wine is unchanged in its citrus and floral driven profile.” - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (12/18) 

BACKGROUND
Shafer Vineyards traces its beginnings to 1972 when John Shafer left a 23-year career in the publishing industry and, with his family, moved to the Napa Valley to pursue a second career in wine. After purchasing a 210-acre estate in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District, the Shafer family faced the arduous task of replanting the existing vineyards, which dated to the 1920s, and terracing the steep and rocky hillsides, eventually expanding vineyard acreage to its current 50 acres.

Evolving from grape growers to vintners, the Shafers crushed their first Cabernet grapes in 1978 and began construction on their winery a year later. The first Shafer Cabernet became a benchmark, winning the acclaimed San Francisco Vintners Club taste-off upon release and, over a decade later taking first place in an international blind tasting held in Germany, where it outranked such wines as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and Chateau Palmer. 

Doug Shafer became winemaker in 1983 after graduating from the University of California at Davis with a degree in enology and viticulture. A year later Elias Fernandez joined the winery as assistant winemaker. Together Doug and Elias have worked closely to forge the Shafer style of quality, consistency and elegance.



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery Shafer

Vineyard Designate

AVA

Region Napa Valley