White

1996 Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa / Sonoma
  • > Carneros
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Community Tasting Notes 11

  • uberoh wrote: (87 points)

    August 8, 2010 - lots of butterscotch, sweet texture and taste, has lost some of the acid balance - still drinks well but probably near the end of the road.

  • mlawren1 wrote: (87 points)

    March 2, 2008 - stong butterscotch flavors overpower the hints of fruit that are left. Finishes with a bit of toasted biscuit.

  • Mark wrote: (84 points)

    January 17, 2008 - That’s it for the 96 Red Shoulder, it’s my last bottle, and clearly the weakest and most mature of the bottles that I’ve opened. This example shows clear signs of thick butterscotch, caramel . Little fresh fruit, the butterscotch components overwhelm all others. Ragged finish with some lemon and elevated acidity. It was best within the first 30 minutes but then degraded after that. If this is a representative example, then the 96 is now done.

  • Gfritzh wrote: (94 points)

    August 21, 2007 - A wonderful, mature chardonnay. Flavor remains fresh, creamy and spicy with fine citrus notes and minimal oak. Great color and a nice, long finish. It is a great surprise that a 1996 Chardonnay would be as great as the 1996 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch after 11 years.

  • Mark wrote: (88 points)

    April 5, 2007 - After ten years, this wine is beginning to show it’s age. No tasting note from this opening, but the bottle showed a clear oxidized character suggesting that this bottle is in decline.

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1998, Issue #78 (link)

    (Shafer Vineyards Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch Carneros Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type White
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Red Shoulder Ranch
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa / Sonoma
  • Appellation Carneros

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 42 (68%)
  • Consumed 20 (32%)

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