Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2011 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch has a similar aromatic and flavor profile as the 2010 with more textural richness and oiliness because of the presence of botrytis in this vintage. I have to say, the 2011 is highly intriguing. It will be interesting to see where the wine goes over the coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017. (Dec 2012)
Wine Enthusiast 93 points - A huge Chardonnay, so full-bodied and rich, it’s almost like a red wine, but that’s the Red Shoulder personality. With buttercream, jammy tropical fruit, orange custard, vanilla, buttered toast and brown sugar flavors, it would be over the top, except for vibrant acidity and a deep minerality. Drink now-2017. (Sep 2013)
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(WA91) The 2009 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is a gorgeous wine laced with expressive fruit and an open, radiant personality. Subtle hints of French oak and flowers are nicely layered into the finish. The 2009 was aged 75% in French oak and 25% in stainless steel. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.