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 Vintage2011 Label 18 of 34 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2005 vintage.)
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietySyrah Blend
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)013528700024

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2020 (based on 13 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.2 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 37 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by dase13 on 6/24/2015 & rated 92 points: Better now than four months ago. Color of dark inky red purple. Scents are blackberryl. Tastes consistent with scents. (462 views)
 Tasted by Kukeymon on 6/8/2015 & rated 87 points: None issue here for all the hype around Relentless. Pretty powerful tannin that takes a long time to soften. There is fruit but proportionally weak to other elements. Single dimensional. At this price, let's move on. (818 views)
 Tasted by Mh33 on 5/13/2015 & rated 91 points: Deep deep Chloe. Full body. Not so much special flavor as just solid all around. (1259 views)
 Tasted by Cuellarstyle on 5/12/2015 & rated 90 points: Read my previous notes.....very similar (1117 views)
 Tasted by EvanRose on 5/10/2015 & rated 89 points: a lityle young but with potential (1106 views)
 Tasted by dase13 on 3/15/2015 & rated 90 points: Color of dark inky red purple. Scents is blackberry and something herbal. Tastes consistent with scents. I think I like the big Aussie Shiraz better. (1763 views)
 Tasted by Lilja on 3/2/2015 & rated 89 points: Big and vocal nose completely dominated by oak. Vanilla, fudge, butterscotch, dill, more oak and lots of ripe black fruit.

Medium(-) acidity, full bodied, a little tannins but fairly round. High+ intensity and a long, long finish. Karl Ek puts it very well, 'Extra everything'.

Found the nose boring and the oak is killing all the complexity. The palate is outstanding though, extremely extracted, but with a perfect balance and no jam or residual sugar. Have a bottle of the 2008 that I will keep my hands off for at least 7-10 more years.

Scored it 89 blind, but has potential for another couple of points with cellaring. (2135 views)
 Tasted by karl_ek on 3/1/2015: Deep purple color.

Youthful, a bit tight, nose with a medium+ aroma intensity. Lots of toasted oak, butterscotch and butter. Also an enormous amount of deep black fruit, almost inky.

Dry on the palate with a medium acidity, medium+ tannin and full body. The flavor intensity is pronounced. Flavors of toasted oak, butterscotch, inky plum juice, cassis, tobacco, fresh herbs and grass. The finish is medium+.

Well, this is with out a doubt an XXL-wine. Extra everything. What I like about it is that it manages to keep the balance and the fruit is ridiculously ripe but not jammy at all. Very, very well-made but frankly it is boring.
This should benefit a lot from being cellared for about 10 years. (1651 views)
 Tasted by pjiacobelli on 2/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Great as it was in yountville (1798 views)
 Tasted by BodegaMateo on 2/11/2015 & rated 94 points: Never rated a wine this high! Drinks like an elegant Cab. The only boldness is with the lingering finish. This may be the most elegant wine Zi have drank. Folks this no 1. So far! In my wine Journey. (1781 views)
 Tasted by Matt Scott on 2/6/2015 & rated 93 points: Decanted for three hours. Raw meat, roasted Kona coffee, brown sugar and blueberry. Long on the finish and more lithe than previous vintages. A lot of fine beauty, with a gliding acidity. I have never tried a Relentless that did not impress. This, along with Kongsgaard, is my favorite Syrah from Napa - year after year. Quite ready for immediate consumption. Drink now - 2022. (1503 views)
 Tasted by jkvedar on 1/17/2015 & rated 92 points: Took about three hours in a decanter to show its best. Dark fruit and pepper on the nose. BlackBerry on the palate. Long pleasant peppery finish. (1548 views)
 Tasted by SCWineDrinker on 12/25/2014 & rated 94 points: Spicy and peppery with currant and blackberry. Lots of black fruit. Sweetness is balanced very well but is still enough to really compliment a roasted ham; goes well with the saltiness of a Charles Henry Gray Ham. (1621 views)
 Tasted by djlevin on 12/1/2014 & rated 92 points: Shafer Vineyards Wine Tasting and Visit (Napa Valley, CA): This Syrah fared much better than their Cab releases in the cooler 2011 vintage... as you would expect from a varietal that stands up to cooler temperatures well. Fortifying this blend with Petit Sirah adds plushness to the mouthfeel and deep color. Minty on the nose with lots of plum in front on the palate. The mid-palate moves to pleasant dark chocolate with a medium length finish. What I like most about this wine was the character of the tannins. No grittiness, or bite... the mouth-drying tannins were very soft and smooth. The wine's structure had high tannins and high acidity. This Syrah blend will age well. (1220 views)
 Tasted by lslayton on 11/28/2014 & rated 93 points: Served with a Thanksgiving dinner, soft enough on the palate to go well with the turkey but had enough berry and spice notes to pair well with all the flavors on the plate. Decanted for 2 hours, opened up well with a smooth lingering finish, just delightful! Will likely get even better.... (1776 views)
 Tasted by pauljr1121 on 11/21/2014 & rated 93 points: Tasted at Shafer Vineyards with Jon Shafer. Beautiful blackberry and floral notes and a bit of spice on the finish. Doesn't seem to suffer from the vegetal note issue that seems to be plaguing many of 2011s I've tasted. Not as blockbuster as other vintages but excellent nonetheless. (1516 views)
 Tasted by Gestalted on 10/27/2014 & rated 96 points: Absolutely incredible. The best Relentless I've ever tasted. From the nose to the finish, it just rolls on and on with blueberry pie, a slight black licorice and spices. The length of the finish was most impressive.

Consumed at at cellar temp: 60°-65° F. Friends don't let friends drink red wine at room temp! (2266 views)
 Tasted by mdmcgonigal on 10/27/2014 & rated 91 points: Winery tasting. Black and blueberry aromas. More dark berries with some leather. Very smooth finish. (1901 views)
 Tasted by Cuellarstyle on 10/6/2014 & rated 92 points: Shafer's Relentless is still a classic wine. please let this sit out 2 hours prior to drinking. (1999 views)
 Tasted by fritza on 10/3/2014 & rated 94 points: Wow, Relentless is back. After drinking a few mediocre years (2008/2009) by Shafer standards, this Relentless (and the 2010) really are home runs. Dark purple in color, the nose is big with dark fruit giving way to smokiness. On the palate the fruit yields again to cured meat and spice. Lots of flavors, and as the name says, it lingers on the palate. Tannins strong but not harsh, so this will age well. (1681 views)
 Tasted by Graddini on 11/7/2013 & rated 93 points: Dense powerful and opaque. Cedar and spice with a charcoal fire note. Plum and pepper, a bit of licorice and blueberry cocoa. Packed in pretty dense and dark. No longer done as a field blend style. Nicely done but you gotta wonder: why mess with success? Time will tell. (3583 views)
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Producer website
John Shafer and his family founded Shafer Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley, in 1979. From the Shafers' first wine, a 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon,
their wines have won much acclaim. Today, the Shafers farm 200 acres of vineyard in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Oak Knoll regions. Their flagship wine, Hillside Select,
is produced from selected blocks of the family's hillside vineyards and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, Merlot, One Point Five
(Cabernet Sauvignon) and Relentless (a Syrah/Petite Sirah blend), which was named #1 wine of the year by Wine Spectator's "Top 100" of 2012.

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