Wine Rating: RP=93+
Wine Rating: RP=93-95
Wine Rating: RP=98-100
Wine Rating: RP=94
Wine Rating: RP=96
Wine Rating: RP=99
Wine Rating: RP=95
Wine Rating: RP=98
Wine Rating: RP=100
In 1988 John and Doug Shafer discovered a new home for Chardonnay in the Carneros region of Napa Valley and purchased the property, naming it Red Shoulder Ranch. Named for its Red-shouldered Hawks who play an important role in Shafer’s natural farming practices, the vineyard lies within sight of the northern rim of San Francisco Bay.
The marine-influenced climate in Napa Valley’s southernmost growing area, Carneros, offers a long, cool growing season that’s ideal for developing Chardonnay’s spectrum of floral and tropical aromas and flavors as well as its natural acidity.
The Shafer team takes a largely hands-off approach for producing this wine. They only use the yeast that thrives naturally in the vineyard for fermentation and, in order to enjoy the variety’s true acidity, do not put the wine through malolactic fermentation. Instead they ferment the wine in individual barrels (80 percent oak, 20 percent stainless steel) and stir the lees once a week during its 14 months of aging to give the wine a creamy mouthfeel.
Here is what Robert Parker, Jr. of The Wine Advocate had to say about the 2013 Shafer 2013 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay:
94 POINTS ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE: “The 2013 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch looks like one of their all-time greats, and to date they’ve all been very impressive wines. The crisp tangerine, honeyed citrus, pear and white peach notes are prominent in this beautifully fruited medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that shows additional orange marmalade notes in the mouth. It’s textured, crisp acid, from having not gone though malolactic, gives it focus and zest, and the overall impression is one of brilliant richness subtly touched by smoke, but letting the fruit dominate.”
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