Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2003

Chardonnay from Carneros, California

$54.99
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Item No. 130345
  • white wine
  • WE93
  • WS91
  • RP91
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • WS94
  • 1997
  • WS93
  • WE93
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Winemaker's Notes

The 1994 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay debuted with considerable acclaim even being named one of the Top 10 Wines of the Year by Wine Spectator. After numerous vintages since, this elegant, rich white wine continues to win over critics and consumers alike with its blend of exotic and elegant aromas and flavors.

Critical Acclaim

"No malolactic fermentation makes this wine very acidic in feeling, with a fresh, green apple crispness. The flavors veer towards apples, limes and Meyer lemons, with complexities of mango and apricot. It’s a very intense wine, and a notably good one. One sip is not enough. A bottle may be."
93 Points

"Aromas of creamy citrus, orange blossom and light toasty oak carry over nicely to the palate, showing richness, depth and complexity, building on a core of smoky fig, apricot and melon. "
91 Points

"The 2003 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is cut from the same mold as the 2002, with a bit more orange peel and tropical fruit. Medium to full-bodied, with good acidity but not the weight and overall headiness and complexity of the 2002, nevertheless it is still a stunning California Chardonnay to drink over the next 2-3 years."
91 Points

"Bright, pale straw-gold color. Pear, clove and cinnamon aromas offer lovely purity and floral lift. Dense and spicy on the palate; offers strong extract without any impression of heaviness thanks to bright acidity. The sappy flavors of pear and dusty minerals offer a restrained sweetness. Finishes with excellent persistence. A very successful vintage for this consistently excellent chardonnay."
91 Points

Learn About Shafer Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Carneros

Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Notable Facts Both Chardonnay...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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Winemaker's Notes The 2010 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay offers alluring, luxurious aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, apricot, melon, pineapple all ...
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Winemaker's Notes Shafer's single vineyard Carneros grown Chardonnay is produced from small clustered clones of grapes selected for their low ...
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