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.
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.
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