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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 29 
ProducerShafer (web)
VineyardRed Shoulder Ranch
SubRegionNapa / Sonoma
UPC Code(s)013528100022

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2016 (based on 9 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 90.7 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 115 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Derek Darth Taster on 5/19/2015 & rated 91 points: Pinots & Chard with The Terroirist (Extra Space): Pop and poured. Drank over 2 hours.
Appearance is clear, pale intensity, lemon colour. Legs.
Nose is clean, medium intensity, with aromas of slight nutty toasted oak, saline minerality, citrus lemon-lime. Developing.
On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium+ alcohol, medium+ body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of toasted oak, lots of saline minerality, citrus lemon, pineapple, and peaches. Medium+ finish.
Lovely minerality that became more pronounced with more air. Framed nicely with a touch of oak, good acidity, and balanced fruit.
Very good quality. Drinking well now. Drink up over the next 2-3 years. (304 views)
 Tasted by SMHalps on 4/3/2015 & rated 87 points: Disappointing. Lots of oak, muted fruit and some funky (petroleum?) smells and tastes. Something was just a bit off. The bottle was purchased direct from the winery and stored in a temperature controlled room. Maybe it was just past its peak drinking window? This was my last bottle of the 2009s and I enjoyed the others. (397 views)
 Tasted by lzelman on 1/23/2015 & rated 93 points: Very enjoyable. Tasty with a long lasting finished. Wife loved it!! (794 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 12/5/2014: Liquid Farm, Janasse, Fontodi, Wind Gap, Thackrey ++; 12/5/2014-12/6/2014 (TNT): I struggle with this wine and I have had it in other vintages. No question it is well made and some would love the style. for me, it just gets wiped out by the oak. It dominates the nose and the palate and especially the finish. Certainly, I have had far oakier wines than this. If it was the only bottle, i would have drank it. But the fruit seemed so distant to me. I did not assign a score as that's not fair (for me, maybe in the 85 -87 range?), but as I had plenty of other wines to go to, I did not finish my glass. Other's at the table may have liked it more. (1143 views)
 Tasted by artist777 on 6/21/2014 & rated 91 points: See previous note. (1619 views)
 Tasted by artist777 on 4/20/2014 & rated 91 points: Notes of apple and honey. Palate of melons and honeysuckle, still has nice acidity and good structure. (1638 views)
 Tasted by N.Bonaparte on 11/2/2013 & rated 90 points: Not a balanced wine at the moment with a less than average finish. Heat detected. The best part of the wine shows about a 1/3 of the way through sip. Medium bodied. Below average value. (2561 views)
 Tasted by WineCellarTV on 8/23/2013 & rated 94 points: Golden- yellow in the glass. Vibrant and bright.
Aromas of Ripe Stone and Tropical Fruits, with Peach, Apricot, Pineapple, Melon and little Citrus.
Honey and hints of Lilac. Some spicy Soft Cheese. Mineral notes.
Rich, but precise and filigree!
Accurate, fresh Fruit flavors forward. Again, Peach, Pineapple and also little Banana.
Beautiful Herbal Spiciness and dancing Acidity and Minerality.
Finishes long, but cautious, with nice, crisp Fruit, Minerality, Acidity and little Pepperiness.
Very elegant with a fresh and comforting mouthfeel!

Great balance and proportions deliver a wine that is very intense and rich, but very filigree and precise, too. Great play of fruit, freshness and complexity.
The relatively high alcohol percentage (14,9%) is not noticeable at all.
Beautiful and, due to its fineness, a little better than the 2008. Cheers!
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 Tasted by mlawren1 on 8/22/2013 & rated 93 points: Great wine. Pineapple and pear with a crisp core. Great with food. (2352 views)
 Tasted by DecoEd on 8/6/2013 flawed bottle: Flawed (1892 views)
 Tasted by BayAreaWildcat on 7/20/2013 & rated 91 points: Oak is coming on pretty strong, nice fruit but the oak & malo/butter is pretty strong - more so than I remember it 12 months ago. nice balance, but more CA than I like them. (1689 views)
 Tasted by Kevdog on 6/23/2013 & rated 89 points: less oak and more minerals than most cali chards, nice with west indies salad (736 views)
 Tasted by nonexpert on 5/12/2013 & rated 93 points: Full-bodied and rich mouthfeel. Oak, vanilla, strawberry and butterscotch notes. Second of 2 bottles. Perhaps did not feel quite as spectacular as when I had the first bottle a few months back, but it is a lovely wine. (1225 views)
 Tasted by Phredd on 2/17/2013 & rated 94 points: My last bottle of this vintage, and the best one yet. Opened for a belated Valentine's Day, this was a nice medium gold in the glass, not too dark, but plenty of substance. The nose was filled with apple, pear, hints of spice and a touch of vanilla. The palate was devastatingly smooth, with more of that apple and pear, plus just enough citrus to give it some cut. The oak was present but in perfect balance - there was enough to lend a nice, rounded character to the flavors without providing distracting woodiness or overt toast. Supple and elegant, I was expecting to get some heat from a Chardonnay that sports a 14.9% ABV on the label (as I have in the past), but was pleasantly surprised to find this to be completely integrated. Instead, there was a nice mineral character underlying the wine. We had opened a different, less expensive bottle of Cali chard to go into our fondue, so I took a sip of that just to compare. This wine was just light years better. This was probably the best bottle of California Chardonnay I have ever had. I'm not sure if the bottle I opened last May (from the same source) just needed a little more time, or was just a slightly off bottle, or what. Tonight's wine absolutely rocked! (1774 views)
 Tasted by Tarrant on 2/14/2013 & rated 92 points: Awesome Valentine Chard, fabulous with the scallops we had, this was huge but very well balanced - Gold, full bodied with a nose of peach, apple, pear, butterscotch, caramel and vanilla, well structured, massive but integrated, a touch of heat but silky smooth on the palate with terrific length, awesome! (92 Points). (1542 views)
 Tasted by ub40guy on 1/20/2013: Very rich texture. This wine has put on weight in the last year. Delicious acidity holds the wine together. A medley of honeyed tropical fruit flavors with a lingering finish. (1454 views)
 Tasted by winejnky on 1/20/2013 & rated 90 points: Remains on the light side for a Shafer Chardonnay, but very nice just the same; lemon/lime/peach, subtle minerality, refreshing and clean. (1660 views)
 Tasted by cvinje on 12/24/2012 & rated 93 points: Smooth, nice finish (1110 views)
 Tasted by Phredd on 12/24/2012 & rated 92 points: No detailed notes, but Shafer comes through once again with a very well-balanced, easy drinking effort. I really enjoyed this bottle. (1398 views)
 Tasted by nonexpert on 12/17/2012 & rated 93 points: Full-bodied and rich mouthfeel but with good acidity. Oak and butterscotch notes. Dinner group loved it. (1221 views)
 Tasted by BBinSC on 12/8/2012 & rated 92 points: A masterful Chardonnay; hard to believe it has no malolactic fermentation. Rich, lush mouthfeel, long finish, deft use of oak. The ripeness sets it apart from the more austere offerings from Burgundy. Very well done. (1250 views)
 Tasted by CK6865 on 11/29/2012 & rated 91 points: Nice rich and ripe with your typical napa oak overall well made and a nice Chardonnay. (1383 views)
 Tasted by RockinCabs on 11/22/2012 & rated 91 points: Nose: Ripe Pineapple, Lemon Oil, White Grape. Quite tropical but somewhat reserved. Palate: Crisp acidity and nice Ripe Apple, Pineapple and Melon notes. Finish: Lush friut, guava and other tropical notes. Very well polished, but not showing over oaked or malolactic characteristics. Good Napa Chard. (1277 views)
 Tasted by Knicksfan on 8/30/2012 & rated 92 points: Luscious fruit, good backbone. Fullbody (1934 views)
 Tasted by Sreter@msn.com on 8/12/2012 & rated 93 points: Great stuff. Green grape on the nose. Full body on the palate. Mellow finish. Enough said. (1976 views)
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Vinous, May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156
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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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Straddles the southern ends of Napa & Sonoma Counties.

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