2013 Shafer Red Shoulder Chardonnay
$57 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
From the storied Shafer Vineyard in Napa, 18 vintages of the Red Shoulder Chardonnay have been reviewed by Wine Spectator and only three scored below 90 points (lowest score was 87 points in 1998 when the wine was priced at $38). It has not yet been reviewed for the 2013 vintage, but this remarkable wine scored 90 points in 2012. While 6,000+ cases are made annually, it is in huge demand and we were fortunate to get a case to share with the Carpe Vino Wine Club.
Winery Tasting Notes: “The 2013 fills your glass with citrus-flower aromas and flavors of apricot, red and green apple, honeysuckle, kiwi, pineapple, Meyer Lemon zest, and vanilla – a luscious, juicy basket of summer fruit held together with just the right touch of minerality and lively acidity.”
Robert Parker Review (94 pts.): The 2013 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch looks like one of their all-time greats, and to date they’ve all been very impressive wines. The crisp tangerine, honeyed citrus, pear and white peach notes are prominent in this beautifully fruited medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that shows additional orange marmalade notes in the mouth. It’s textured, crisp acid, from having not gone though malolactic, gives it focus and zest, and the overall impression is one of brilliant richness subtly touched by smoke, but letting the fruit dominate.
Blend: 100% chardonnay
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