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The Red Shoulder Ranch vineyard in the Carneros region offers a long, consistently cool growing season that is ideal for retaining acidity in Chardonnay fruit. To focus on varietal flavours, Shafer uses only wild yeast for fermentation and does not put the wine through malolactic fermentation.
Shafer’s Carneros vineyard is home to countless gophers who love to feast on young vine roots. To contain this problem, Shafer erected owl nesting boxes and hawk perches to encourage day and night rodent patrol. The Red-shouldered hawks and other birds of prey do such an outstanding job, the vineyard was named in their honour.
“Always impressive in its grasp of power and grace, this white is memorable from start to finish, beginning with a dark golden-hay colour that dazzles in the glass. A strong floral component of jasmine invites on the nose, while sparkling acidity maintains a freshness amidst the integrated oak and delicious flavors of honeyed pear and crème brûlée.”
94 points, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2017
“Rich and spicy, featuring an elegant mix of baked apple, honeydew melon, pear and light minerally notes. Ends full and persistent, with a long, layered aftertaste. Drink now through 2021.”
93 points, Wine Spectator, 2017