2018 Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch
2018 Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch, From Carneros, California.
Tasted out of bottle, the 2018 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is beautifully done, with a vibrant yet rich style carrying notes of buttered lemon, orange blossom, white flowers, and toasted bread. With bright acidity, terrific overall balance, and a great finish, this is classic Napa Valley Chardonnay to enjoy over the coming 5-7 years. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it keep even longer as well. 95 points Jeb Dunnuck
This robust, full-bodied white holds its weight and pedigree remarkably well, offering an intensely flavored, richly layered experience that seamlessly provides freshness along the way. Apple, cinnamon and nutmeg are complemented by toasted oak and lasting structure. 95 points Wine Enthusiast
“Today, this is a winery that does everything about as perfect as can be. They have kept their feet, heads and egos grounded, and continue to kick proverbial [***] with every vintage.” – Robert Parker
Shafer Vineyards in Stag’s Leap is an iconic family-owned winery, named one of the top 25 vineyards in the world by wine publication Wine & Spirits and “one of the world’s greatest wineries” by wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. While Shafer is known the world over for their iconic Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon and Relentless Syrah, they also produce one of California’s most exquisite single-vineyard Chardonnays. Shafer’s Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay is recognized as one of the great, standout Chardonnay’s made in California today, and still to this day, one of the most underrated Chardonnays in existence. We have been able to get the 2018 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay at a screaming buy, one of the lowest prices I have seen from one of the greatest vintages in my lifetime. Ratings have not yet been released, but the wine always scores massive press across the board. This is one of the best Chardonnays I have tasted from 2018, and one of the greatest vintages of Red Shoulder I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.