The fruit is a little subdued on the 2016 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch, sporting cedar and toasty notions over delicate green mango, guava and beeswax scents. Full-bodied with a pleasantly oily texture, it has a lively line cutting through the tropical flavors and gives a toasty finish. 90+/100.
Antonio Galloni's Vinous.com: 93/100 Shafer's 2016 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is focused, tightly wound and bristling with energy. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and crushed rocks are all vivid and finely cut in this very pretty, nuanced wine. Slightly tropical notes develop with air but the 2016 is marked by its sense of drive and tension. The 2016 was done in 75% new oak and 25% steel, with blocked malolactic fermentation