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 Vintage2011 Label 2 of 33 
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietySyrah Blend
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)013528700024

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2022 (based on 21 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Shafer Syrah Relentless on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.2 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 62 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by tshepard on 2/25/2016 & rated 93 points: Big, bold, delicious (2004 views)
 Tasted by wineotim on 2/22/2016 & rated 92 points: Lots of oak treatment and alcohol. Inky, bold, full bodied, dark, juicy, black cherry like fruit. One dimensional, sweet, ripe, and firm tannins. I was in the mood for this style of wine. The Aussies have complexity at this price point. (2006 views)
 Tasted by dase13 on 2/11/2016 & rated 88 points: Color of dark inky red purple. Scents of blackberry. Tastes consistent with scents. Fairly simple wine with a big price tag. I think I like the big Aussie Shiraz better. (1976 views)
 Tasted by CA_collector on 12/25/2015 & rated 92 points: Solid wine - was hoping to get into the 2012, but this showed really well. Great mouthfeel. Meaty. Notes of fig and plum. (2149 views)
 Tasted by bjamesclark on 10/29/2015 & rated 92 points: 91% Syrah 9% Petite Sirah, 100% new French oak for 30 months.
Obviously this wine is in need of a serious decant.
Aromas show meaty notes of blueberry, huckleberry, blackberry and cassis with baking spices of cinnamon, clove and cardamom backed up with violets, vanilla and black licorice.
The palate is dense and rich with blueberry compote, vanilla, blackberry and black licorice loaded with baking spices. Plush and opulent finish lingering on flavors of vanilla soaked blueberries and baking spice (2707 views)
 Tasted by arnold2015 on 10/20/2015 & rated 89 points: Agree, a little underwhelming for the expectation and price point, nice muted spice, fruit present but light, velvety tannins and smooth overall. (2167 views)
 Tasted by Al Doughty on 9/27/2015 & rated 89 points: Really expected more from this wine. The aromas are really underwhelming, with floral and toasty notes being the most prominent elements. The palate is of dark fruit that shows some lift but seems really disjointed, with a processed coconut flavor that dominates throughout. There are some intriguing petroleum and pepper notes that add interest. (2101 views)
 Tasted by hoppercycles on 9/27/2015 & rated 94 points: Outstanding dark fruit in taste and color. Drinking nice now when decanted for 2 hours (2327 views)
 Tasted by cdp1276 on 9/26/2015 & rated 94 points: Just so velvety and smooth. (2028 views)
 Tasted by WineGuyFL on 9/25/2015 & rated 89 points: A real disappointment......not up to other bottles from other vintages, all of which have been spectacular. Will have to see what happens with the next bottle. (1591 views)
 Tasted by tshepard on 8/8/2015 & rated 95 points: Big, impressive syrah blend. Forward, coats the palate, long finish. Don't drink unless you want something big. Can't complain a bit. (2178 views)
 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. (2262 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. (2327 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. (2628 views)
 Tasted by Cuellarstyle on 5/12/2015 & rated 90 points: Read my previous notes.....very similar (2432 views)
 Tasted by EvanRose on 5/10/2015 & rated 89 points: a lityle young but with potential (2066 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. (2353 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. (2881 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. (2276 views)
 Tasted by pjiacobelli on 2/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Great as it was in yountville (2349 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. (2355 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. (2174 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. (2075 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. (2116 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. (1878 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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2013 Vintage Notes:
"Napa Valley and virtually all of the North Coast of California (which obviously includes Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well) has been on a qualitative tear since 2012. 2012 was a great vintage for nearly every varietal in North Coast California, but what is even more remarkable is that 2013 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have experienced in tasting North Coast varietals over the last 37 years. It's a game-changer in terms of the consistency of quality, the depth of quality, and the across-the-board excellence for so many wines." - Robert Parker

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