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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 34 
ProducerShafer (web)
VarietySyrah Blend
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)013528700024

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2016 (based on 25 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Shafer Syrah Relentless on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.8 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 145 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by tfharris on 5/17/2015 & rated 93 points: unreal. (347 views)
 Tasted by chitownmb on 2/28/2015 & rated 92 points: Still full bodied and bold - it will drink for several more years. Plum and cherry with nice spice (685 views)
 Tasted by mlawren1 on 2/20/2015 & rated 92 points: cherry and plums finishes with a bit of chocolate on the finish (624 views)
 Tasted by winelegends.net on 2/4/2015 & rated 93 points: Vielleicht ein bisschen zugänglicher,weil er in einem Weinlager eines Geschäftes lag(sicher nicht bei 12°C über die Jahre).
Dunkelrot Schwarzer Kern.
Dunkelfruchtig,Brombeeren,Cassis,Lakritze zwischendurch auch pflaumig,pfeffrig,wirklich würzig,Speck,leicht rauchig.
Sehr dicht,konzentriert,fleischig,reich,vollmundig ,eher schmelzig-samtig,gut integriert leicht körniges Tannin,gutes Säurerückgrat,passender Alkohollevel.
Insgesamt sehr gute Balance aller Komponenten.
Langer dunkelfruchtiger Abgang.
Dieser Relentless gefällt mir in seiner dunkelfruchtigen,reichen,fleischigen,balancierten Art sehr gut.
Sehr schön vollmundig, jetzt zu geniessender Wein aber hat sicher auch 10-15 Jahre Alterungspotential.

Dark red with black core.
dark fruits,blackberries,cassis,licorice,plums,peppery,really spicy and smoked bacon.
dense,concentrated,meaty,rich,mouth filling,velvety,good integrated easy grained tannins,good acidity backbone.
Really good balance from all components.
Long dark fruits aftertaste.
really a good dark fruits,rich,meaty,balanced Relentless. (832 views)
 Tasted by JonasH65 on 12/23/2014 & rated 92 points: I discovered this miracle in 2008, in the Stockholm archipelago where the the founders of the company I worked at offered it. Super Syrah, black fruit, ink, leather and other tastes I don't have words for. Medium/full bodied, lingering after taste. Super intensive when opened, perfect after 1 hour in decanter, weak after 3h.
As always, a huge pleasure. My only serious concerns with this stuff is the availability in Sweden - kindly increase the allocation, Doug! (892 views)
 Tasted by stayhappy21 on 12/14/2014 & rated 94 points: Tasted this wine at my year end wine gathering at Jade Palace Restaurant.

Made up of 78% Syrah and 22% Petit Syrah. A firm and serious wine, with some thickness and viscosity in the body. Style of this wine is closer to a Rhone Syrah than a Barossa Shiraz. (841 views)
 Tasted by mlawren1 on 11/21/2014 & rated 94 points: Blackberries and plums. Finishes with a hint of leather (672 views)
 Tasted by EvanRose on 6/30/2014 & rated 93 points: smooth, big flavor of red fruit, long finish, great mouth feel (1511 views)
 Tasted by EvanRose on 6/6/2014 & rated 94 points: rich, full bodied, enjoyed with my wife dining alfresco at our favorite Itallian restaurant (1334 views)
 Tasted by mdmcgonigal on 5/16/2014 & rated 92 points: Dark berry nose. Tastes of dark and well balanced berries. Just a tad of extra tannin on the very pleasant, lingering finish. (1273 views)
 Tasted by Bandreas on 5/14/2014 & rated 86 points: Tasted blind at the "Rhone Wine tasting" conducted at the Bistro Provence, Bethesda
Color very dark, some purple at the rim;
"Young wine" feel on the nose, quite grapey with tannin, fruit and acidity; surprisingly soft on the palate, then comes some tannin.
after a while it seemed to become more one-dimensional and noticeably sweeter on the palate.
I seemed to smell/taste some Grenache and went to the Southern Rhone… Only 7000 miles off… should have ben more suspicious when the wine seemed to turn sweeter... (1225 views)
 Tasted by cab blends on 5/14/2014 & rated 93 points: Rhone Theme Wine Dinner - Bistro Provence, BEthesda MD: A hint of mint in the finsih. Dark red and clearly not French. Too forward and ripe for French. (William Knight) (395 views)
 Tasted by VinoDiver on 3/16/2014 & rated 91 points: A bit more alcohol on the finish than I normally care for, but this wine is still very good. Developing the dusty oak notes that I find as many of these wines age and really enjoy. (1533 views)
 Tasted by mzmijewski on 3/13/2014 & rated 91 points: Deep purple, good fruit, finish modest (998 views)
 Tasted by mlawren1 on 2/9/2014 & rated 88 points: A bit diluted great wine with plums and cherries but almost like it has been watered down a touch. (1025 views)
 Tasted by mzmijewski on 1/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Dark purple, fruit forward, complex (1102 views)
 Tasted by fredman on 1/25/2014 & rated 93 points: One hour decant. Lovely deep purple color. Everything in balance. I never thought I'd use the term 'elegant' when describing a Relentless but here I go. This wine is elegant with wonderful red and black fruits, along with some raspberry licorice notes. Enjoy. (1073 views)
 Tasted by West Coast Wine on 12/31/2013 & rated 91 points: Dark fruit on the nose, touch of spice as well. Dark Purple color and full body on the palate. Still had plenty of tannin left and the acidity was well balanced. Long finish. Dark Purple fruit, cedar and just a hint of spice. Could have aged a few more years without decline. Went well with dinner. Enjoy now - next 5 years+ (983 views)
 Tasted by Derek Darth Taster on 12/25/2013 & rated 95 points: Christmas Day 2013 (Pine Close): Poured through Vinturi and left to air in decanter for 3 hours. Dark opaque almost black colour. Beautiful aromas of vanilla oak, blueberries, and chocolate. On the palate, blueberries, blackberries, and slight white pepper with a mild sour herb towards the finish. Very smooth and a little creamy mouth-feel. Long finish. So good that the alcohol was hardly felt. (1216 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 12/21/2013 & rated 93 points: Aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for 2 hours. Nose of blackberry, mocha, cedar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and forest floor. Dark berries, mocha and baking spice on the palate lead to a long, velvety smooth, finish. Full bodied with a firm tannic structure. Well made with excellent secondary notes that evolved over time. Paired with filet and a port wine sauce. (925 views)
 Tasted by tfharris on 11/11/2013 & rated 92 points: Such a big wine! (1249 views)
 Tasted by EvanRose on 10/28/2013 & rated 93 points: Lush, dark red fruit, very smooth on the finish (1279 views)
 Tasted by grapist on 9/10/2013: Decanted and continued to soften. Dark and quite opaque. Nose of forest with a hint of mint and vanilla. Full bodied and perfect pairing with grilled skirt steaks. Acid tannins and fruit all well balanced. (1546 views)
 Tasted by sfarwig on 6/15/2013 & rated 93 points: As usual with Relentless, this is a big wine - the 22% Petite Sirah packs an additional punch. Paired with lamb chops and enjoyed with good friends, the bottle went way too fast. One more bottle left... (1870 views)
 Tasted by Double D on 4/7/2013 & rated 94 points: Really big Syrah and the Petite Sirah must be adding the blackness, a big wine. Leggy with a heady aroma if a bit alcoholic but overall all big components have it in good balance. Great with rack of lamb and continue to enjoy for another hour. (2287 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, December 2008
(Shafer Vineyards Relentless Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132
(Shafer Vineyards Relentless Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Gary Vaynerchuk
Wine Library TV, Tasting with a Long Time Vayniac, Episode #681 (5/22/2009)
(Shafer Relentless) #1; (tasted w/ legendary Vayniac, Tim Faitsch, aka "TimF") COLOR-dark; NOSE-purple jam meets charcoal; like a smokey venison action; very much purple fruit; PALATE-big and ballsy, but still balanced; very fruit driven, but not fake; this is really rich and complex; like somebody dipped purple paint and stuck it in my mouth; it takes over my entire mouth; a very long finish; some black tea on the back-end; I like this wine a lot; beautiful sour blueberry flavors on the back-end; very complex; great richness; HUGE mouthfeel; great length; will last 12-15 years easy; great with steak; RP-93; TF-93; GV-91/92  91-92 points
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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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