Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2016
The 2016 offers alluring, energetic aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, kiwi, apricot, citrus zest, pineapple, and toasted almond – a dazzling, juicy bowl of exotic fruit held together with flinty structure, pleasing minerality, and refreshing acidity.
— Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez
Wine EnthusiastThis is a perennially impressive wine, floral in a heady perfume of white roses. Fresh and fleshy, the expansive palate offers concentrated flavors of kiwi and pineapple. The wine was largely fermented in oak, then aged just over a year in French oak (75% new). It holds the oak well, ending bright in juicy acidity.
Wine SpectatorFeatures green pear and apple flavors, with pithy skin texture, making this a very nice effort that should benefit from short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2021. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.