2014 Shafer Vineyards Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
JJB: $49.94 (Online Avg: $55)
"The 2014 is shaping up to be another jewel of a wine from Shafer." - Antonio Galloni
Thanks to a picture-perfect vintage in Napa, the 2014 Shafer 'Red Shoulder Ranch' Chardonnay is another huge success, proving again that this winery is one of the best there is in California.
Shafer is synonymous with quality and class, and while you can drop $250+ for their flagship, Hillside Select Cabernet, you can pick up their flagship Chardonnay for under $50.
The Red Shoulder Ranch sprawls across 68 rolling acres in Carneros, where the southern end of Napa meets the San Francisco Bay. The cool marine breezes offer perfect ripening conditions for Chardonnay, and with no malolactic fermentation, the result is a bright, crisp wine with laser-like focus and precision, crafted by one of Napa's finest winemaking team.
Shafer has garnered multiple 100-point scores from Robert Parker, and that dedication to quality can be found throughout their entire impressive portfolio. There are few Napa wineries as consistently sought by discerning wine lovers as Shafer.
Easily one of the best domestic Chardonnays you'll find for under $50, this gem is drinking beautifully right now and will age gracefully over the next 5+ years. Cheers!