Shafer Chardonnay RSR 2016
Regular price $75.00
Shafer "Red Shoulder Ranch" Chardonnay 2016, Carneros, Napa Valley, CA
🍷Jacob Ohl and C.H. Linderman planted the first vineyards in the land that would be Shafer in the 1880's. In 1922 the vineyards were replanted to sell wine to home winemakers during prohibition and in 1972, the Shafer family purchased the 209 acre property. They produced mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, but in 1994, the first vintage of Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay was produced and to say it was well received would be an understatement! The 1994 vintage made it into Wine Spectator’s Top 10 wines of 1995 on the first vintage and the wine has been spectacular ever since. 2016 was a near perfect vintage and the wine is a true representation of pure California Chardonnay. The oak is not overpowering due to the integration of 25% stainless steel; in addition, the juice does not undergo malolactic fermentation. On the nose is lively pineapple, fresh honeysuckle, notes of chamomile, and rocky mineralogy. The palate is bright and strong with the minerality and fruit continuing through to a lengthy finish.
🍴Enjoy with grilled swordfish, mango chutney, and fresh herbs like tarragon and mint.