A benchmark producer in the Napa Valley, Shafer Vineyards traces its beginnings to 1972 when John Shafer left a 23-year career in the publishing industry to pursue a second career in wine. After purchasing a 210-acre estate in the famed Stags Leap District, the Shafer family faced the arduous task of replanting the existing vineyards, which dated back to the 1920s.
Their Red Shoulder Ranch vineyard is located at the tip of the San Francisco Bay, sixty-eight acres draped across rolling hills. Here they've planted a blend of five Chardonnay clones which give low yields and abundant flavors. Robert Parker considers this wine to be "one of the best non-malolactic, barrel-fermented Chardonnays in California." We happen to agree as the Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay consistently impresses with rich notes of pear, melon and a hint of apple.