Shafer 2012 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay(91WA)
- Size: 750ml
- Item Code: WN14042305
- Vintage: 2012
“The gorgeous, honeyed, citrus 2012 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch appears to have backed off considerably on the oak. Medium to full-bodied with striking purity and texture as well as a delicious combination of tropical fruit, citrus and minerality” (WA)
Shafer’s single-vineyard Carneros-grown Chardonnay is produced from small-clustered clones of grapes selected for their low yields and distinctive flavors. Fermentation takes place within individual oak and stainless steel barrels using native yeasts. The wine matures on the lees for 14 months and 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.
The 2012 vintage gives the wine all the characters I love in this Chardonnay, just more of them. Your glass swims with floral aromas and flavors of white peach, honeysuckle, grapefruit peel, kiwi and toasted almond – a gorgeous, juicy bowl of fruit held together with pleasing minerality and lively, bright acidity.