Shafer is one of the stalwarts of the Napa valley and this wine seems like it has been one of the top Chards forever as well. It has always had a fair amount of oak showing and this one seemed no exception. In the past, many had way more oak, but now, this tends to show more oak than most as time have changed. Whether this is good or bad is different for every taster/drinker. Copper/gold in color. The nose has vanilla, baking spices, orange peel and slight lemon. On the palate, this has a nice oily texture. Plenty of depth. Notes of ginger with a bit or lemon peel and spice. With air it shows pineapple. Nice finish. This should probably be consumed in the next five to seven years. Better on its own as a cocktail but till work with fowl or pasta in a cream sauce.
Visiting wine country? Get the Priority Wine Pass: 250 California Wineries, 1 Amazing Year Worth of Tastings, Only $45.