2017 Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch

Year: 2017
Appellation: Stag's Leap District, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
Price :
$46.95

REALLY REALLY GOOD….AGAIN!!

"Sleek, spicy and well-structured, with fresh-cut green apple and lemon-lime flavors supported by crisp acidity. Rich and savory on the fresh finish. Drink now through 2023. 5,600 cases made. — KM" (WS)

"The 2017 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is a little closed to begin, revealing notions of warm apricots, apple tart and poached pears plus suggestions of pie crust, crystallized ginger and marzipan. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a racy line cutting through the intense flavors, finishing long and creamy." (WA)

"The 2017 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is soft, open-knit and pliant, with lovely pineapple, passion fruit and exotic floral character. Done in a pretty laid-back style, with blocked malolactic fermentation, the 2017 is a tasty wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. The 2017 is certainly pleasant, but not an especially adventurous wine." (VM)

"While the reds get all the attention from this great estate, they also make a sensational Chardonnay. Their 2017 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch comes from the cooler Carneros region, located in the southern part of Napa Valley, and it offers a full-bodied, rich, powerful style that carries loads of white currant and peach fruits as well subtle floral and brioche notes. It’s a classic Napa Valley Chardonnay that blends power and freshness." (JD)

"A perennial powerhouse white, this delivers gorgeously constructed layers of rich pineapple, guava and mango, complemented by vanilla and baking spice from the oak. A steely midpalate shows bright acidity that lifts the concentration." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Year after year the Chardonnay from our beautiful Carneros vineyard offers plush, exotic, zesty aromas and flavors.

“The 2017 offers lush, luxurious aromas and flavors of melon, honeysuckle, apricot, pineapple and flint all held together with effortless structure, elegant balance, and energy that comes from pure, Chablis-like acidity.” -Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez