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Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2021

$104.99 x 6

(price per 750ml bottle) - sold in cases of 6 bottles
In stock. Available for purchase online by the unmixed case.

Additional information

Bottles per case

6

Price range per bottle

$100.00 and over

Unit

750

Grape variety

Chardonnay

Vintage

2021

Country

California

Region

Napa Valley

Sub region

Carneros

Winery

Wine type

White Table Wine

Payment Type

cc

Collection

Shafer Vineyards

Shafer’s Red Shoulder Ranch vineyard in Carneros 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 that the vineyard was named in their honour.

This vineyard offers a long, consistently cool growing season that is ideal for retaining acidity in Chardonnay fruit. Grapes were harvested by hand, then whole cluster pressed. To focus on varietal flavours, Shafer only uses wild yeast for fermentation and does not put the wine through malolactic fermentation. The majority of the wine spends 14 months aging in new French oak barrels. The remainder matures in stainless steel “barrels” (plenty of fine lees contact from the low horizontal profile, but no oak influence).

No matter what time of year you open this wine, you’ll have a taste of summer in Napa Valley. Lush aromatics fill the glass with white flowers, lemon zest, honeysuckle, clove, and flint. There is a rich balance of liveliness and density in the mouth with abundant flavors of apricot, white melon, grapefruit peel, ripe pineapple, and minerality, with a beautiful finish that goes on and on.

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