1998 Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch


  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa / Sonoma
  • > Carneros
Drink between 2000 - 2003
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Community Tasting Notes 3

  • thomaskeil wrote: (84 points)

    March 14, 2010 - Almost caramel yellow. Pear and butterscotch nose. Creamy fruit but largely flat textured. Okay, but well past its prime.

  • Mark wrote: (88 points)

    May 1, 2006 - It was one of those nights; I prepared a multi-course meal and opened up a bunch of stuff on the edge not knowing how any of them would do. All of them flopped and I found myself going back to the Shafer. After an hour, the wine revealed a smoky honeysuckle melon note. It really did take that time for a hard acrid note in the nose to dissipate. The mouth if full, with medium weight, and a finish of both melon fruit, some lemon citrus and a touch of harshness that indicates that the 1998 has peaked and is in decline. Overall a good Shafer but far from the best examples that I have had. The 1998 is on a decline, give it 30 minutes then drink up.

  • Mark wrote: (85 points)

    July 29, 2005 - Bottle is slightly corked, yet it's still big, fat with notes of pear. Even though corked, I belive the wine is in decline.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/12/2002 (link)

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, Issue #90 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • 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 67 (86%)
  • Consumed 11 (14%)

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