A little brother to Stags Leap fame, this shockingly delicious Shafer Vineyards Red Shoulder Ranch Napa Valley Chardonnay is not one you'll want to miss. Because the oak is so wonderfully subtle, the gorgeously pure fruit cannot help but shine. From lemon to pineapple, with heavenly touches of melon, green mango and apricot, they join forces with floral notes, a hint of seductive minerality and lively acidity to weave a truly memorable, full-bodied Chardonnay. Climb aboard winelovers, it's going to be a delectable ride. This Shafer Chardonnay will pair beautifully with chicken, anything from the sea, fish, and vegetables. Open your first bottle and wow the crowd right out of the gate by serving a heaped platter of Alaskan King Crab legs. The bright acidity of this Red Shoulder Ranch will be perfect opposite the melted butter and garlic aioli for dipping... Moving on, if you'd like to serve a pasta course, we love the floral nuances in this California Chardonnay opposite the briny tang of spaghetti tossed with cauliflower, green olives and toasted almonds. Be sure to have a good quality Parmesan to sprinkle over the top. More fish? No problem. How about grilled wild salmon served with a potato rosti cake, drizzled with a sweet pea-wasabi sauce (easy on the fire factor)? In the mood for simple? A crisp-skinned rotisserie chicken dressed with a lemon-brown butter emulsion with some glazed baby carrots on the side will be like finding this Shafer's long-lost best friend... Take a short break, and then come back to another chilled glass with a room temperature brie cheese, preferably one on the milder, more buttery side. And they all lived happily ever after...
Jeb Dunnuck: "I've always loved the Chardonnay from this team, and their 2019 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch has that classic richer, full-bodied style while staying balanced and light on its feet. Buttered lemons, tangerines, green almond, and toasty notes all make an appearance, and it's incredibly textured, with nicely integrated acidity and one heck of a finish. This powerful Chardonnay is going to impress right out of the gate.”
Winery: “Year after year the Chardonnay from our beautiful Carneros vineyard offers plush, exotic, zesty aromas and flavors. “The 2017 offers lush, luxurious aromas and flavors of melon, honeysuckle, apricot, pineapple and flint all held together with effortless structure, elegant balance, and energy that comes from pure, Chablis-like acidity.”
|Aging:||14 months in 75% new French oak barrels & 25% in stainless steel barrels
||Carneros, Napa Valley, California