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2009 Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch

Chardonnay

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  • Phredd Likes this wine: (94 points)

    February 17, 2013 - 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!

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