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2014 Shafer Vineyards Chardonnay "Red Shoulder Ranch"

Winery: Shafer Vineyards

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Red Shoulder Ranch"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Region: Carneros

State or country: CA

Price: $52

Cases produced: 6,700

KWG Score: 93.8 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: September 21, 2016

Wine Review: This straw colored Chardonnay from Shafer consistently very good. The 2014 opens with a fragrant apple bouquet with a hint of pear. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and pleasant. The flavor profile is a tasty mild mineral infused Granny Smith apple and Anjou pear blend with notes of nicely integrated oak and pineapple. The finish is dry and its flavors linger and last for quite some time. I would pair this impressive Chard with grilled halibut. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The picture-perfect 2014 vintage has produced a Chardonnay with elegant aromas and flavors of melon, honeysuckle, apricot, pineapple, citrus zest, and flint. This abundance of exotic fruit is completed with bright acidity, seamless balance, and a long, mouth-coating finish.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Shafer 2014 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay.

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