2019 Shafer 'Red Shoulder Ranch' Chardonnay Carneros

$54.95

The Red Shoulder Ranch is one of the exceptional vineyards in the Carneros region. This Chard is a powerhouse with layers of mango, baking spice, vanilla and pineapple, shining with balance and energy from its gripping acidity. Make like the Scouts, grab a 6 pack and throw some lobster tail on the BBQ.

“Year in year out, [Shafer] is one of the superstar wineries, not only in Napa Valley and all of California, but in the entire world...Today, this is a winery that does everything about as perfect as can be. They have kept their feet, heads and egos grounded, and continue to kick proverbial ass with every vintage.” – Parker In 1972 John Shafer departed his 23 year career in publishing and moved to the Napa Valley to pursue a second career in wine. Fortuitously, he found a 210 acre parcel in the Stags Leap District and set up shop. His first task at hand was that of replanting the vineyards, some of which dated back to the 1920s. The Shafer family crushed their first Cabernet in 1978 and began building their winery the next year. Needless to say, that first release became not only a benchmark but a legend in its own right. Eventually they expanded their beautiful hillside acreage and in 1983, John's son, Doug Shafer, became winemaker after graduating from U.C. Davis with a degree in enology and viticulture. Since then, Doug has stepped up to becoming the company's president and has passed the winemaking reins over to Elias Fernandez. From their somewhat modest beginnings, Shafer has blossomed into a world-class estate that is nationally and internationally renowned.

Varietal:
Chardonnay
Winemaker:
Elias Fernandez
Vintage:
2019
Aging:
14 Months
Oak Treatment:
75% new French oak barrels
Appellation:
Carneros
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %:
14.9%
SKU #:
1046758
Size:
750 ml Bottle
JD94-96

Jeb Dunnuck

I've always loved the Chardonnay from this team, and their 2019 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch has that classic richer, full-bodied style while staying balanced and light on its feet. Buttered lemons, tangerines, green almond, and toasty notes all make an appearance, and it's incredibly textured, with nicely integrated acidity and one heck of a finish. This powerful Chardonnay is going to impress right out of the gate.