Shafer 2019 Chardonnay, Red Shoulder Ranch, Carneros


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Shafer’s Chardonnay from their beautiful 70 acre Red Shoulder Ranch vineyard in Napa Valley’s Carneros District, year after year offers up wine with plush, exotic, zesty aromas and flavors. Carefully selected, small-cluster Chardonnay clones were planted and since the first vintage this wine has been a standout among California Chards. It’s always fermented using only wild yeasts, 75% in barrel and 25% in stainless steel tanks.This 2019 aged 14 months in 75% new French oak barrels (Allier, Vosges) and 25% in stainless steel barrels. Since it undergoes no malolactic fermentation this Chardonnay retains a lively natural acidity. The vineyard is named for its Red-shouldered Hawks and other birds of prey, who play an important role in Shafer’s natural farming practices.Jeb Dunnuck from a barrel sample scored this 94-96 points saying “I’ve always loved the Chardonnay from this team, and their 2019 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch has that classic richer, full-bodied style while staying bala…


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