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2012 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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2012 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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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014

(14.9% alcohol):   Bright light-medium yellow.  Pungent aromas of mirabelle, orange blossom, white currant and subtle oak, lifted by a floral high note.  Densely packed and firm, with bright acidity and a hint of minerality intensifying the peach and citrus flavors.  Boasts excellent clarity and length:  this may be even better in two years.  This wine has changed 180 degrees in recent vintages, from opulent and very oaky to still quite dense but with more clarity and energy.

91 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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