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Shafer Vineyards 2008 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay -- Wine Review

Napa Valley, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week August 16, 2010

A bottle of Shafer Vineyards 2008 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, our Wine of the Week review

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Shafer Vineyards
2008 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay


John Shafer founded his namesake winery in 1972, nearly two decades before Napa Valley hit the big time. His son, Doug, became winemaker in 1983, although he worked the vineyards since the winery's beginnings. Today Doug acts as the winery's president with the winemaking team led by Elias Fernandez. Shafer is considered one of California's leading wineries, producing Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and the acclaimed Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay. The 2008 Red Shoulder Ranch is one of the best big, bold, California-style Chardonnays on the market. Its style is rich with oak but is perfectly balanced with lemony acidity. On the nose, the Chardonnay offers apricots and peaches, dried pears, marshmallow and toast. On the palate, there are more apricots, citrus, and toasty notes with a touch of spice and dried pear on the lengthy finish. Serve it with buttery fish dishes, pork accompanied by roasted stone fruits or a traditional roast chicken. The wine would also make an incredible accompaniment for a sophisticated picnic of country paté and ripe, triple cream cheeses on yeasty French bread.

Rating: 15/20

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