2011 Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

There’s intriguing power in this chardonnay, as much about spice as it is about warmth. The oak presence is balanced by full-on lees character, as if you can taste the floral pear aspects of the grape skins, the dusted almond flavor of happily exhausted yeast. Those scents merge into the vanilla stretched tight over lemon acidity, which lends elasticity to the texture. A substantial white to serve with roast veal.

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Shafer Vineyards, Napa, CA

Reviewed by Joshua Greene | Oct 2013

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