Steve Tanzer 92 points - The gorgeous, honeyed, citrus 2012 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch appears to have backed off considerably on the oak. Medium to full-bodied with striking purity and texture as well as a delicious combination of tropical fruit, citrus and minerality, this beauty should drink well for 3-4 years.
2012 SHAFER CHARDONNAY RED SHOULDER RANCH
"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." Steve Tanzer International Wine Cellar 92 points