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 Vintage2004 Label 2 of 16 
ProducerShafer (web)
VineyardRed Shoulder Ranch
SubRegionNapa / Sonoma
UPC Code(s)013528100022

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2011 (based on 10 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 91.6 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 87 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Paul Lin on 5/30/2014 & rated 93 points: This wine took me a bit by surprise, not because I was expecting it to be bad but because I was not expecting it to be so good. Deep gold in color. Honeyed aromas of marigolds, candied lemon peel, ripe peach and nectarine, poached pears, and unsalted butter. Lithe and seamless on the palate, well balanced, with a refreshing lick of lime-accented acidity on the finish. I really couldn't have wished for a better showing for this wine. (1130 views)
 Tasted by research1 on 6/18/2013 & rated 90 points: rich and still all there (1660 views)
 Tasted by dnjones on 8/14/2011 & rated 91 points: Not as good as other vintages. The following is a commitee tasting note. Deep golden color. Nose of pear, melon, peach, grass and butter. On the palate hints of honeydew melon, pear, green apples, and lemon zest,really comes through at the end. Good acidity and does well with food. Had this with Sea bass, with a buttery balsmic reduction and it went really well. Medium to long finish, much better as this warms up in the glass. Drink chilled and you lose the complexity. (3198 views)
 Tasted by RR47 on 7/10/2010 & rated 91 points: Similar to notes of 2009, but off a tad. Past its prime, but still appealing complexity. A nutty, mineral finish. (3687 views)
 Tasted by GZ3 on 3/3/2010 & rated 90 points: PDG (4086 views)
 Tasted by yonster24 on 9/4/2009: Just had one glass of this. Nice goldon color to it. Nose of pears, oranges and maybe some almond? Very tasty as the citrus really is coming through but not taking the wine over at all. Oak lingering in the background keeping the citrus in check. Excellent finish with the acidty keeping this bright and lively. (3590 views)
 Tasted by RR47 on 8/16/2009 & rated 92 points: Drinking (and enjoying) since release and down to a few bottles. A light yellow color, nose of a blend of citrus, pears, slight oak and a slight nuttiness. This has been a food chard, nice acid and fruit balance, still has good length on the finish. One of Shafers best chard's IMO. As expected, not as fruit forward as when young, but now has some nice complexity to it. Went perfectly with a chicken piccata dish. (3096 views)
 Tasted by janb on 7/3/2009 & rated 93 points: fantastic bottole of wine..still lots of fruit- buttery = rich... (1240 views)
 Tasted by Paul Lin on 4/18/2009 & rated 90 points: Not as good as previous bottles, but still very good. Notes of orange blossoms and pears and whisper of hazenuts. Retains a very crisp acidity due to blocked MLF. (2962 views)
 Tasted by thalf on 3/9/2009 & rated 91 points: Very nice Chardonnay. Smooth, full flavor and rich color. Subtle fruit and non-overpowering oak. (3135 views)
 Tasted by Tejano on 12/28/2008: Light to medium gold and again nice elements of citrus components with the underlying and more resolved touch of oak. Good, but light and crisp entry that had a well balanced grip and texture of taste at mid palate with the fruit up front and in harmony with a nice edge of oak and acidity. Holding its own very well. (2943 views)
 Tasted by Gfritzh on 12/27/2008 & rated 94 points: A wonderful wine with a terrific balance of fruit and acidity and a long, fresh finish. (2957 views)
 Tasted by sumshark on 8/16/2008 & rated 93 points: Same as before. (3176 views)
 Tasted by smphelps on 8/2/2008 & rated 91 points: Very appealing golden color. This is a well balanced effort with a nose of pineapple and pears followed by a more citrus lemon, lime, orange finish. Lots of depth, nice acidity leaves a clean finish. (3090 views)
 Tasted by Tejano on 5/22/2008: Medium gold color and a light tropical nose showing elements of citrus with a very light oaky backing. Nicely resolved balance of fruit and oak with a light viscosity grip showing an nice light sense of butter that did not over shadow the fruit. Drinking well right now. (3253 views)
 Tasted by BigTarheel on 5/11/2008 & rated 90 points: Very nice CA Chard ... med-body, bright and clean. The oak, fruit and acid are well balanced. The palate is creamy but not buttery with citrus, fig and hints of plantains. The color was golden and the alcohol was balanced. The nose is very inviting ... as expected another strong wine from Shafer. (3317 views)
 Tasted by sumshark on 1/21/2008 & rated 93 points: Drinking great now, complex nose and palate, and a long finish. (3775 views)
 Tasted by sunalsorises on 1/21/2008 & rated 93 points: Excellent. Layers of fruit balanced with acidity on the finish. (3674 views)
 Tasted by Paul Lin on 1/19/2008 & rated 93 points: Dinner at Pinot Provence. Notes of orange peel, orange marmalade, and poached pears. Very nice acidity and perfect with my Hamachi appetizer. Refined and precise. This wine actually performed better than the 2005 Aubert Ritchie I had the previous week. (3525 views)
 Tasted by thomaskeil on 12/18/2007 & rated 91 points: This was spot on. Tropical fruits and melon with a dose of citrus (which I didn't note last time). Seemed less buttery and oaked this time as well. Stll with bright acidity and a touch of minerals. (3329 views)
 Tasted by winefool on 10/26/2007 & rated 92 points: WS NYWE California Chardonnay Tasting (Marriott Marquis): Medium yellow color. Pale aroma of mineral and green lime. Nice bright yellow fruit with good acidity. (3355 views)
 Tasted by ove on 9/10/2007 & rated 96 points: My last bottle, a shame since it was the best I've had. Just the right balance between fruity flavours and acidity with a nice buttery and oakey note. Classic Chardonnay, one of the best as far as I'm concerned. Wow! (3390 views)
 Tasted by sumshark on 7/24/2007 & rated 90 points: Similar notes as last time. (3573 views)
 Tasted by pgm on 5/12/2007 & rated 93 points: Last bottle: perfect for spring pasta with morels. Bright tropical fruit, roasted pineapple and a touch of citrus on the nose. Rich with floral nectars, stonefruits, and more tropical fruits in the mouth, with just enough oak (and no more) to complement the spring mushrooms. I really enjoy the style of this chardonnay. (3666 views)
 Tasted by sumshark on 5/1/2007 & rated 90 points: Nice bottle of Chardonnay, not a lot of oak(buttery), citrus notes and nice acidity to balance the wine, not much complexity at this tasting. Moderate finish. From a flavor profile, this wine is in the middle of the flavor spectrum between a Lewis/Hess Collection on the oaky/creamy/buttery side to a DuMol Chloe/Aubert on the clean/crisp/melon/minerality side of the spectrum. (3668 views)
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The World of Fine Wine, September 2007, Issue #17
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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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