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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 16 
ProducerShafer (web)
VineyardRed Shoulder Ranch
SubRegionNapa / Sonoma
UPC Code(s)013528100022

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2012 (based on 11 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 90.9 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 100 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by MoreWinePlease on 5/18/2015 & rated 92 points: This is rich, ripe and intense without fat and or flatulence. Complex, multi fruited and satisfying with enough acidity to complement or cut through most meals or enjoyed on its own. The oak is well integrated and unobtrusive. Enjoyed with fresh Alaskan halibut one night and Alaskan Sockeye the next. (84 views)
 Tasted by dgl7777 on 12/29/2014: GONE (396 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 7/8/2014 & rated 92 points: What a beautiful wine. Clear, clean, golden, with perfect crispness for a summer evening dinner. We loved it. (916 views)
 Tasted by Bakeman on 2/25/2014 & rated 90 points: Served with Cream of Cauliflower soup with a kick of cayenne. This Chard held up well. Very crisp, not buttery. Lot's of apple, pear, etc. (1137 views)
 Tasted by bigjoe on 12/22/2013 & rated 93 points: Another journey in paradise (1464 views)
 Tasted by smphelps on 8/31/2013 & rated 92 points: This contiues to add weight with time in the bottle. Still gold, gradually showing some age, and tropical with pear and pineapple. Oak is seemlessly intergated. A wine to be slowly sipped at this point. (1835 views)
 Tasted by JimN on 11/27/2012 & rated 92 points: Not much to add to some very good notes. I think it has the structure to go quite a few more years, and will likely lose that slight burn on the finish. In my view this wine does not consistently deliver from vintage to vintage, but the 2007 is definitely a winner. (2760 views)
 Tasted by Bakeman on 10/27/2012 & rated 91 points: Paired with Red Snapper prepared Sous Vide. Perfect pairing, great wine. (2007 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 6/16/2012 & rated 92 points: A brilliant bottle, the 2007 Shafer Chardonnay from the Red Shoulder Ranch really delivered tonight. The nose reveals perfect tropical fruits, lime zest, butterscotch and subtle tones of a hot summer meadow. The palate is full and lush, yet balanced but not very integrated. The different components of the wine are all very visible. I prefer Chardonnays integrated, like the 07 Mount Eden Resverve or the 07 Luc Morlet Ma Princesse tried a couple of weeks ago. Still this is a profound effort, drinking superbly tonight. I guess it has a few more years to go in the cellar though. (2903 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 5/18/2012 & rated 95 points: This is a great Chardonnay, even more enjoyable than some classic French Burgundies. Evan my wife said: "wow, this is really nice" and getting a compliment from a Russian says it all. You will love this wine. Thanks Doug, for making such a wonderful wine. (2512 views)
 Tasted by smphelps on 5/11/2012 & rated 91 points: This now medium gold wine is still drinking well. More pineapple and pear on the nose than earlier, and a bit richer with more vanilla honey than when young. Rich and full with depth and roundness. Balanced, albeit heavier. (2085 views)
 Tasted by tfesmgk on 4/9/2012 & rated 89 points: Maybe lost just a little in depth. Color has darkened. Still a good crisp balanced chardonnay. (1530 views)
 Tasted by Tarrant on 1/28/2012 & rated 94 points: This was a night of great wines and this was no exception, you can't beat Shafer for 'turning it up a notch' and taking a very nice Cali Chard and making it a great one, this very intense and teetering on 'over the top' but we loved it - Deep gold, full bodied with a nose of intense peach, pear, apricot, honey, butterscotch, creme brullee and vanilla, hedonistic, complex and powerful, great mouth feel, creamy smooth on the palate with a touch of heat, and outstanding length, very tasty!! (94 Points). (1878 views)
 Tasted by Pkluck on 1/28/2012 & rated 91 points: Beautiful yellow color. Smooth but not buttery. Smoky but not oaky. (690 views)
 Tasted by MurphyCellar on 11/29/2011 & rated 93 points: In the top 5 best chards I've ever had. Creamy, touch of oak, green apple. (2373 views)
 Tasted by Phredd on 10/16/2011 & rated 92 points: Has maybe lost a step in vibrance over the last year, but there's still plenty going on. This has moved more to the tropical/melon end of things, but still has excellent acidity and great depth of flavor, with notable vanilla and spice to go with the fruit. Last of my 2007s, but I should receive a couple 2008s in a week or so. (2457 views)
 Tasted by mlawren1 on 10/2/2011 & rated 92 points: Nice fruit with a bit of acidity behind it. Green apples and melons fade into some a minerally finish. (2292 views)
 Tasted by grapist on 9/5/2011 & rated 91 points: Rich and full bodied. A very good Cali Chard. Yellow,a knee color, nostril flaring Aromas. Great match with crab cocktail. (2503 views)
 Tasted by smphelps on 8/23/2011 & rated 92 points: Noticeably improved after another year in the bottle. Medium gleaming yellow. Less oak greats you on the nose, but nice pineapple pear with a background of vanilla/caramel. Great balance and presence in the mouth. Pineapple, pear, vanilla, light lemon, maybe some underipe peach. Quite good, not fading, long finish. (2447 views)
 Tasted by dbg on 8/20/2011: Light crystal-clear yellow. Fresh nose of pear, apple, vanilla/cinammon oak, medium body, flavors on palate follow the nose, excellent balancing acidity and well-integrated oak, medium finish. Should hold for years. Outstanding. (2406 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 8/13/2011 & rated 94 points: A very pleasant and refreshing wine. Enjoy (2436 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 8/3/2011 & rated 92 points: Very refreshing...a pleasure to drink. (2444 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/2/2011 & rated 91 points: Consistent note (2945 views)
 Tasted by smokeandmirrors on 5/14/2011 & rated 93 points: Shafer is one of my favorite wineries. The chardonnay is an elite wine that is creamy, complex that keeps you wanting more. (2963 views)
 Tasted by dbg on 4/26/2011: Pale yellow gold. Forward nose of pear, peach, flowers, spice. Medium body, ripe fruit, vanilla-y oak, low acid but still nicely balanced for my palate, medium finiish, excellent-outstanding. (3163 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150
(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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