94pts Wilfred Wong
I won't deny that I have an emotional connection with the Shafer wines, but I do. I was there when the winery launched its first Cabernet with the 1978 vintage. As the years went on, and my wine horizons grew, I drifted away from the Napa Valley from time to time. In recent years, I have re-discovered my early days and found myself back. The 2018 Shafer Red Shoulder Chardonnay is an outstanding effort. This wine is focused, driven, and complete. Enjoy its beautiful aromas and flavors of core fruits and minerality with a plate of Dungeness crab and wild greens.
This 25th vintage of Shafer's Chardonnay offers abundant, exotic aromas and flavors of citrus blossom, apricot, pineapple, grapefruit zest, and honeydew melon all held together with seamless structure, elegant balance, and energy that comes from pure, clean acidity.