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Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder 2010

Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder 2010

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Some Oak - Nectarine, fig, honeysuckle and smoky oak.

The 2010 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay offers alluring, luxurious aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, apricot, melon, pineapple all held together with bright acidity, flinty structure and elegant balance. Made with 100% Chardonnay. 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.

Fresh and lively, offering mouthwatering tangerine, peach and nectarine flavors that are fine and delicate, with floral citrus and honeysuckle scents.- WS

Another terrific offering from Shafer, this is a wine that seems to do well regardless of the vintage. It always shows a firm minerality and slight herbaceousness, with tropical fruit flavors and a smoky coating of fine oak. It's a shade less opulent than the 2009, making this very elegant and refined, yet still rich and complex. Don't drink it too coldairing brings out subtle nuances.- WE

The 2010 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch reveals a brighter profile than the 2009. Citrus, flowers, crushed rocks and mint wrap around the energetic, focused finish. - WA

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Quantity Available: 0
Vintage: 2010
Varietal: Chardonnay
Country: USA - California
Region: Napa Valley
Size: 750ml
ABV: 14.9%
SKU: 51016

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Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Wine Advocate: 92
Vine & Table: 90

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