Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2016

Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2016

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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

Category White Wine
Varietal
Region California, Napa Valley, Carneros
Brand Shafer
Alcohol/vol 14.9%
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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.

Virginie Boone, July 1, 2018