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Date Printed: 4/23/2014
Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 1998
Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 1998
(search item no. 8179)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $31.94

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 96 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is produced entirely from grapes grown in the Carneros district on Shafers Red Shoulder Ranch, named for the resident hawks that play an important part in Shafers natural practices. The vineyard is planted to five different low-yielding Chardonnay clones selected for their distinctive flavors. Fermented in French and American oak using wild yeast, the wine undergoes no malolactic fermentation, so it retains its natural fruit flavors and natural acidity. The Chardonnay remains in barrel for a total of 15 months, the lees stirred weekly to create a rich, creamy texture.
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About Shafer Vineyards:

John Shafer and his family founded Shafer Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley, in 1979. From the Shafers' first wine, a 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon, their wines have won much acclaim. Today, the Shafers farm 200 acres of vineyard in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Oak Knoll regions. Their flagship wine, Hillside Select, is produced from selected blocks of the family's hillside vineyards and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, Merlot, One Point Five (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Relentless (a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend), which was named #1 wine of the year by Wine Spectator's "Top 100" of 2012.