2001 Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch


  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa / Sonoma
  • > Carneros
Drink between 2005 - 2006
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Community Tasting Notes 9

  • JCaress wrote: (95 points)

    March 2, 2007 - Beautiful golden color and superb fruit. Honey and lemon flavors. Probably a little past its prime, it was our last bottle. I would not hold any for the future.

  • Stevesrisk wrote: (95 points)

    February 12, 2007 - Gorgeous. Rich, unctuous, soft oak, great Chardonnay fruit. Beautiful in the glass. Opulent nose.

  • tomlbs wrote: (94 points)

    January 24, 2007 - This was a delicious bottle of California chardonnay. It will never be mistaken for French chablis. The wine has a big bouquet of hazelnut, baking spices, vanilla and baked pears. It is a mouthful of creamy ripe fruit with enough acidity to balance everything. In fact there are notes of green apple and some citrus - lemon/sweet grapefruit. To top it off, everything ends in a long wonderful finish. If you a fortunate to have any in your cellar, I think you should try to drink this over the next 18 months.

  • akaye50 wrote: (92 points)

    August 30, 2006 - This Shafer was golden in color and very clear. It was creamy with flavors of Apple and butterscotch. It was great by itself as well as with seafood

  • PaulH wrote: (92 points)

    March 13, 2005 - Shafer Hillside Select Dinner (Manresa Restaurant, Los Gatos, California USA): Light golden straw color; crisp balanced acidity, palate shows good creaminess with apples and pears and a long finish. Great chardonnay. Drinking well now and for maybe two more years. Elias Fernandez explained that Shafer does not use malolactic fermentation because chardonnay gets ripe enough in Napa that you don't need it to balance the wine like in Burgundy and Chablis. The creaminess comes from leaving the wine on the lees in barrels for 16 (?) months.

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2003, Issue #108 (link)

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


  • By Richard Jennings
    3/22/2003 (link) 89 points

    (Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch) Apple, oak nose; oak, fresh apple, grapefruit palate that gets a little hot on finish; medium finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • 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 61 (54%)
  • Consumed 52 (46%)

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