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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 48 
ProducerShafer (web)
VineyardRed Shoulder Ranch
SubRegionNapa / Sonoma
UPC Code(s)013528100022

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2011 (based on 6 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.3 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 63 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Bordeaux_Jon on 8/15/2015 & rated 92 points: A lot of butter and some oak on the nose. The palate is more fruity, apples I think, with a buttered popcorn finish. It's a pretty reasonable wine but I was hoping for more fruit. I'd say it's time to drink this wine but I don't expect it to fall off a cliff. (378 views)
 Tasted by Tarpon222 on 11/23/2014 & rated 91 points: Smooth, integrated, almost too Calif. Chardonnay like. Drank alongside a 2009. While there were clear differences, h09 reminds me of a lively, tart, acidic, bright Red Shoulder which is what I have always liked. The mature "05 was very good but lacking that zest. (991 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 7/2/2014 & rated 92 points: This wine went down fast with sushi. We loved it. (1306 views)
 Tasted by peternelson on 3/3/2013 & rated 89 points: Blind Food and Wine Pairing Dinner: (Peter & Sandra's): Blind dinner Anita: Darker gold; creamy, melon, roasted nuts, vanilla, somewhat over extracted and oaky, but beautiful weighty mouthfeel. Too much for the more minimalist apple/bacon salad. (2828 views)
 Tasted by Brian1970 on 12/5/2011 & rated 91 points: Brassy at first, but after about an hour, developed into a really well integrated, complex Chardonnay that even wowed a non-Chardonnay drinker in our group. (3912 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 6/3/2011 & rated 91 points: Definitely biased after finishing one bottle this week. So when guests arrived we had another, which all commented on how enjoyable it was. So one more point in the equation. (4424 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 3/2/2011 & rated 90 points: Still a nice refreshing Chardonnay (4149 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 1/1/2011 & rated 92 points: Still fresh and pretty, just like the 2007 (3970 views)
 Tasted by Fookonson65 on 12/21/2010 & rated 92 points: Always a good Chardonnay; has a bit of oak/vanilla, but still a nice crisp taste. Drank this at Mitchell's Ocean Club in Columbus, OH (788 views)
 Tasted by dbg on 8/17/2010: Identical to last bottle. Pale yellow, moderate nose of citrus, pear and oak. Light-medium body, fruit and minerally acidity play nicely with oak, but the oak is not subtle, medium finish. Very good to excellent. (3342 views)
 Tasted by dbg on 7/24/2010: Very pale yellow, moderate nose of citrus, pear and oak. Light-medium body, interesting play of fruit and minerally acidity with a bit more oak than ideal but very nice if you don't mind an oaky Chard, medium finish. Very good to excellent. (3353 views)
 Tasted by Bobc7had on 5/31/2010 & rated 91 points: Drink up. Starting to fade. Still a lovely wine (3505 views)
 Tasted by runner5 on 11/25/2009 & rated 91 points: This really didn't give up much on the nose. Had a nice taste of apple and pear with a mild bluestone. Went really well with grilled salmon, roasted potatos and green beans. I'd probably lower the score if it was w/o food as it was a little hot on its own. (4091 views)
 Tasted by Tarrant on 9/12/2009 & rated 89 points: Very good, but a touch hot and quite bruising from a weight perspective, one of these types of wines that when you're in the mood it's awesome, but when you're not it's awful, no in between I would say- Gold, full bodied with a nose of pear, peach, butterscotch, caramel and vanilla creme, spicy, a touch of heat, decent complexity, sweet, smooth, creamy and rich on the palate with good length (90 Points). (4018 views)
 Tasted by Buckaroo on 4/20/2009 & rated 90 points: Excellent with lighter fare. Full of life. Last bottle of my allotment. (4228 views)
 Tasted by Dale M on 12/25/2008 & rated 91 points: Purchased on sale for $39.99. Classic California Chardonnay on the nose, sporting an enticing bouquet of ripe pear and mandarin orange, as well as a decent amount of new oak adding vanilla scents to the mix. Much different on the palate, as the wine carries a distinct flint and stony edge, almost bitter, but by no means a distraction. Moderate acidity. Lengthy finish imparts a rich touch on the tongue, completing the arc to full circle. Definitely one to consume on the young side. (4572 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 12/25/2008 & rated 87 points: a weak vintage for this wine. no mid palate weight and too much oak. (4734 views)
 Tasted by Fozziedoggie on 12/19/2008 & rated 94 points: My second bottle of this vintage...nice citrus flavors and stone fruit mingle well with just the right amount of acidity and oak in the background. This is a very creamy and luscious feeling wine. (4889 views)
 Tasted by tkoby11 on 12/6/2008: Color: Golden straw yellow

Nose: Toasty hazelenut, ripe apple and meyer lemon aromas.

Palate: Apple and citrus flavors, nutty and strong acidic finish that mellow as the wine was open longer.

If drinking, I would decant for 30 minutes or so to mellow out the finish. (4676 views)
 Tasted by Fozziedoggie on 11/9/2008 & rated 95 points: What an excellent bottle of Chard....well balanced with nice mouth feel and texture. Good stone fruit characteristics and just enough acidity. Absolutely drinking well now. (4921 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 9/6/2008: 9/6/08 OC Wine Dinner (Nesai In Newport Beach, CA): Very nice. Flinty nose, with a palate of smooth lemony and pippin apple centered fruit. Some mineral and a hint of sea shell. The best white for me of the three other chards (Kistler and Hudson). Delicious. (4917 views)
 Tasted by Paul Lin on 9/6/2008 & rated 91 points: OC Wine Dinner (Nesai - Newport Beach, CA): This is probably one of my favorite non-ML Chardonnays. Aromas of orange blossom and sea spray followed by lemon pulp, unripe nectarines, crushed minerals, and oyster shells. A nicely detailed wine that reminds me a little of the high-end Chards coming out the area but without the oak-infused richness. Give it a few more years and it will serve as a poor man's Aubert. My WOTF. 91-92 points. (5008 views)
 Tasted by pkbackman on 7/12/2008 & rated 91 points: Very slight oak. Crisp with solid fruit core. Caramel covered melons. Just a delicious wine. (4686 views)
 Tasted by Mike Bates on 5/12/2008 & rated 89 points: Apricot, Tropical fruit, a bit of green apple and vanilla on the nose. Nice balance with a bit of oak, though not overpowering. A very nice offering. (5026 views)
 Tasted by ken-yyz on 5/8/2008 & rated 92 points: Lemon curd and sweet tropical fruit. Some creaminess but finishes with some lively zest. (4945 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132
(Shafer Vineyards Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch Carneros Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
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Producer website
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.


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