White Wines    Chardonnay    Carneros    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2009
Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 111137)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 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
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 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 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
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#65 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Shafer's single-vineyard Carneros-grown Chardonnay is produced from small-clustered clones of grapes selected for their low yields and distinctive flavors. Fermentation takes place within individual oak and stainless steel barrels using native yeasts. The wine matures on the lees for 14 months and since it undergoes no malolactic fermentation this Chardonnay retains a lively natural acidity. The vineyard is named for its Red-shouldered Hawks and other birds of prey, who play an important role in Shafer's natural farming practices.

The 2009 offers lush, luxurious aromas and flavors of melon, honeysuckle, apricot, pineapple and flint all held together with bright acidity, good structure and elegant balance.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Shafer Vineyards:

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.