2011 Shafer Vineyards Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch

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  • Chardonnay
  • 750ML
  • ST 94
  • WE 93
  • WA 92
  • CG 91
  • WS 90

Reviews for 2011 Shafer Vineyards Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch

ST 94
Stephen Tanzer - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, May 2014
Bright yellow. Cool, almost Chablis-like aromas of lime, white pepper, nettles, mint and menthol, plus a savory whiff of chicken broth. Dense and intensely flavored, with superb acidity and penetrating minerality giving... Bright yellow. Cool, almost Chablis-like aromas of lime, white pepper, nettles, mint and menthol, plus a savory whiff of chicken broth. Dense and intensely flavored, with superb acidity and penetrating minerality giving this wine an amazingly racy quality for its 14.8% alcohol. The long, rising finish features terrific lingering spice character. My favorite chardonnay to date from Shafer, this beauty offers a great combination of weight and intensity.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, September 2013
A huge Chardonnay, so full-bodied and rich, it’s almost like a red wine, but that’s the Red Shoulder personality. With flavors of buttercream, jammy tropical fruit, orange custard, vanilla, buttered toast and brown sugar... A huge Chardonnay, so full-bodied and rich, it’s almost like a red wine, but that’s the Red Shoulder personality. With flavors of buttercream, jammy tropical fruit, orange custard, vanilla, buttered toast and brown sugar, it would be over the top, except for vibrant acidity and a deep minerality. Drink now–2017.--Steve Heimoff
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2012
(WA90-92 points) The 2011 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch has a similar aromatic and flavor profile as the 2010 with more textural richness and oiliness because of the presence of botrytis in this vintage. I have to say... (WA90-92 points) The 2011 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch has a similar aromatic and flavor profile as the 2010 with more textural richness and oiliness because of the presence of botrytis in this vintage. I have to say, the 2011 is highly intriguing. It will be interesting to see where the wine goes over the coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017. - Antonio Galloni
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, September 2013
Shafer's Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnays are typically cast in a bigger, more emphatically ripe model, yet, if not at all wanting for substance or size, the 2011 version is as bright and balanced as it is rich. It... Shafer's Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnays are typically cast in a bigger, more emphatically ripe model, yet, if not at all wanting for substance or size, the 2011 version is as bright and balanced as it is rich. It pulls its punches as far as full-blown ripeness is concerned, and it winds up a winner with a little more polish and grace than is the norm. It is nicely balanced and structured to keep, and it could improve a bit over the next couple of years, but it is so good in its youth that waiting will not be all that easy.
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, July 2013
Offers complex, Muscat-like scents, with a trim mix of green apple and pear. Shows impressive balance and subtle integration of the smoky oak. Drink now through 2022.--James Laube