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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 28 
TypeWhite
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietyChardonnay
Designationn/a
VineyardRed Shoulder Ranch
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNapa / Sonoma
AppellationCarneros
UPC Code(s)013528100022

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 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 91.6 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 67 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Robwild on 6/20/2015 & rated 93 points: A marvelous Chardonnay, very worthy of the Staffer name. Rich, smooth creamy and crisp (157 views)
 Tasted by smphelps on 5/11/2015 & rated 93 points: This is in a good spot right now. Light gold, just starting to show some tanning. Lemon, lime, light pineapple, orange zest nose all with a floral component. Bright and firm with nice backbone. Quite good. (340 views)
 Tasted by thelostverse on 3/31/2015 & rated 92 points: Pop and pour. Tropical notes with some lemon oil and a hint of oak. Very nice. (507 views)
 Tasted by joet626 on 3/7/2015 & rated 87 points: A little oak, a little butterscotch. Was OK. I am not a chardonnay fan but have had Red Shoulder Ranch before. This was not as good as usual. (584 views)
 Tasted by winejnky on 1/10/2015 & rated 92 points: Creamy, rich, lemon and vanilla, falls somewhere between medium and full bodied; well balanced with nice cut supported by good acidity. (821 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 12/19/2014 & rated 92 points: A Fine Night at La Belle Vie (La Belle Vie, Mpls): Light gold color. PNP, drank 2 glasses over 90 minutes. A little slower to full emerge, the nose develops over 20 minutes or so. The nose has pineapple, oak, apple, and orange blossoms. The palate is full bodied, deep, apple, lemon, pineapple, tangerine, mildly buttery, oak, spices. Medium plus finish. 92+ to 93pts. Needed time to fully show. (1067 views)
 Tasted by Harley1199 on 12/18/2014: Judgment of Madrid, the time for aficionados plus a late dinner (Vila Viniteca - Madrid): In spite some opinions, I founded this bottle quite simple yet some life ahead.
Better on the palate but shortie anyway.
Suddenly little worries for my two bottles.
4th position among whites.

A pesar de ciertas opiniones, encontré está botella bastante simple aunque con algo de vida todavía.
Mejor en boca pero cortita de todas formas.
De repente alguna preocupación por mis dos botellas.
Cuarto lugar entre los vinos blancos. (1170 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 12/13/2014 & rated 91 points: Vanilla, creamy, buttery nose, super ripe yellow apple... taste is very creamy, sweet yellow apple, hint of wood tannins, hint of acidity in the finish, very modern american chardonnay! (773 views)
 Tasted by winejnky on 9/13/2014 & rated 92 points: Not as big as some CA Chardonnays, but seductive ripe lemon/lime and melon flavors, excellent minerality and nice sharp bite at the finish, which is long and expansive. This is a style I really love! (1383 views)
 Tasted by Kevdog on 7/1/2014 & rated 90 points: always good. nice rich cali chard with restrained oak and good acidity for food... (1174 views)
 Tasted by WineCPA on 6/19/2014 & rated 93 points: Big and buttery. A little expensive for what it is. But it's a fine Napa Chardonnay that shows loads of cream, butter, vanilla and oak. The citrus came out more the next day. Drinking well now. (1147 views)
 Tasted by George Lopez on 6/8/2014 & rated 93 points: Same score; paired with Shrimp Capanata. (1196 views)
 Tasted by Chainthroer on 5/8/2014 & rated 92 points: Consumed at an NFL Draft Party in Prescott, AZ. See my notes of 4-17-14. The wine seemed bigger and richer this time. (1360 views)
 Tasted by Chainthroer on 4/17/2014 & rated 91 points: Aromas and flavors of lemon, a hint of orange peal, pineapple, spice, minerals and toasty oak. Good acid and structure. Fairly rich and intense in the mouth. Not immensely big, but rich enough to impress. A long, tasty finish. Good pairing with chicken and canelli bean soup. Not an especially good QPR (JMO). (1113 views)
 Tasted by Alpha L on 4/15/2014 & rated 93 points: This is a really good Chardonnay, especially for the price. It was light yellow gold, a little fruit forward with pineapple, melon, peach and a hint of vanilla. Mid-palate, as it was coating my taste buds, was a little oak and soft butter with a little velvet and nicely balanced. It was full bodied with a medium to long finish. We had it with salmon & Ahi Tuna at River Oaks Grille in Memphis. (737 views)
 Tasted by dbg on 8/18/2013: Cellared since release. Perfect fill and cork. Drunk over 2 days. Pale yellow gold. Nose of citrus, melon and oak. Medium body, crisp ripe fruit, good acidity/fruit balance, some oak on the palate. Medium finish. Very good to excellent. (2234 views)
 Tasted by williames on 8/10/2013 & rated 90 points: Precisely made bold chardonnay. Oaky, but not excessively so. Good acidity. (1843 views)
 Tasted by dbg on 7/20/2013: Cellared since release. Perfect fill and cork. Pop n pour. Pale yellow gold. Nose of citrus, melon and oak. Medium body, crisp ripe fruit, good acidity/fruit balance, oak a bit less marked on the palate than the nose but not for the oak-averse. I warm up to it after a glass. Medium finish. Very good to excellent. (1851 views)
 Tasted by Knicksfan on 7/20/2013 & rated 92 points: Very pleasant Cali chard (1914 views)
 Tasted by Knicksfan on 7/6/2013 & rated 92 points: Like this! Fruity but not cloying; nice acid, good balance (1926 views)
 Tasted by wmccone54 on 7/4/2013 & rated 92 points: Always great and very enjoyable, consistent year after year. (927 views)
 Tasted by George Lopez on 6/15/2013 & rated 93 points: Solid Chardonnay. The way Shafer makes this Chard (without malolactic) makes it almost taste like a Sauvignon Blanc. But there is much more going on in the glass than your ordinary SB. Very tasty with a super finish. Paired with grilled salmon. (1113 views)
 Tasted by vino_per_tutti on 6/5/2013 & rated 92 points: Restaurant purchase. Pale lime almost clear in color. Fresh, clean nose of pinapple, melon and honey. Flinty minerality on the palate. Medium finish. Very good. (1072 views)
 Tasted by Jeffnc1 on 4/14/2013 & rated 94 points: Not a traditional Chardonnay, but very tasty. Rich yellow color, but a more mineral taste. (1413 views)
 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 3/29/2013: Un nez qui évoque immédiatement le chardo de Napa! Exotique, La bouche est d'une richesse intense, le vin est long mais enveloppé par le bois. Bien fait mais too much pour moi. Le 2008 est de la même eau, mais en plus fin, avec un boisé mieux intégré mais tout de même présent. Est-ce que ca va s'intégrer? Je ne sais pas et à ce prix (59$), je passe. (1670 views)
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Vinous, 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: An Epic Vintage (Dec 2012)
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Vinous, New Releases from Napa Valley (Dec 2011)
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Shafer

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.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay on Appellation America

USA

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California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Carneros

Straddles the southern ends of Napa & Sonoma Counties.

 
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