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2011 Shafer Vineyards Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch Carneros Napa Valley
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About Shafer Vineyards

At one point in his life, John Shafer worked in the publishing industry. Now he is responsible for a slew of eye-popping scores from Robert Parker, and the making of one of Napa Valley’s greatest Cabernets...

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2011 Shafer Vineyards Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch Carneros Napa Valley

Producer: Shafer Vineyards
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

Bright yellow.  Cool, almost Chablis-like aromas of lime, white pepper, nettles, mint and menthol, plus a savory whiff of chicken broth.  Dense and intensely flavored, with superb acidity and penetrating minerality giving this wine an amazingly racy quality for its 14.8% alcohol.  The long, rising finish features terrific lingering spice character.  My favorite chardonnay to date from Shafer, this beauty offers a great combination of weight and intensity.

90 Points | Wine Spectator
90-92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Chardonnay

The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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