Tasted September 23, 2013 by JDV.DDSPHD with 175 views
We were able to tour Shafer and meet Elias Fernandez the winemaker at Shafer. The relentless syrah/petit syrah blend was amazing while the hillside select was a bit of a let down.
Flight 1 (1 note)
2011 Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch
Golden yellow in color. Citrus components with some pineapple and pear. HIgh acidity and decent backbone. I think it's lacking the structure of an amazing chardonnay but overall it is a decent not over oaked chardonnay.
Flight 2 (1 note)
2011 Shafer Merlot
This was very closed on the nose. It took a while to open up and it really didn't express the true beautiful characteristics of what merlot could be. This is a high production merlot that just missed the mark. Still a nice wine but not up to any high expectations. Tannins were too soft and the texture while round lacked substance. Lacking complexity and depth.
Flight 3 (1 note)
2010 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five
This just didn't stand up to the other one point fives that i've had. This really lacked that structure and tannin profile I enjoy. Just linear and flabby with a subtle almost non existent finish. Just not worth the $72 it's calling for. Tannins didn't coat the palate and the finish stopped at the mid palate. Underwhelming.
Flight 4 (1 note)
2010 Shafer Relentless
For $72 this is a steal. Great syrah/petit syrah blend. Deep dark inky purple. Complex and structured. This blew away the hillside select at today's tasting. The nose was a mix of black and purple fruit with tar and earth. Great lingering finish with depth and a massive backbone. Very impressive.
Flight 5 (1 note)
2009 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Very young. Honestly I really expected more for this price point. This is a $250 bottle and for that kind of money I expect to be blown away. I was expecting this to be massive and bold. For the tannins to be chewy and coating and for the finish to last for 30+ seconds. That was not the case. Don't get me wrong this is a good wine and the tannins are integrated and the finish is acceptable but this should be better than acceptable. It should be outstanding. The relentless was a bigger and in my opinion better wine. I know we are comparing cab with a syrah blend but this just didn't do it for me. Too bad my allocation of 6 bottles is already on its way before I did the tasting.
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