Red

2009 Shafer Relentless

Syrah Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2014 - 2021 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 67

  • Uncle John wrote: (93 points)

    June 19, 2016 - This was better on the second day. Very extracted rich wine that gained balance with air. Don't serve to warm. On the second night the fruit subsided leaving a more balanced wine.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • awise45 wrote: (95 points)

    May 23, 2016 - As impressive as before -- wonderfully rich, full, smooth. Lots of dark fruit with some coffee and spice.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • dandydon01 wrote: (93 points)

    April 24, 2016 - Open early - you won't regret it. Very tight when first opened. Needs at least an hour. Vibrant and explosive in your mouth after. Outstanding.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • csimm1161 wrote: (94 points)

    April 19, 2016 - As with other CT notes, I really did like this wine quite a bit. It was impeccably balanced and still had a beautifully rich and unctuous texture and mouthfeel about it, the likes of which I don't often see in a Syrah or a PS for that matter. This 2009 is 82% Syrah and 18% Petite Sirah. It is in a great drinking window right about now.

    Specific notes of blackberry, black raspberry, charcoal, blueberry, black licorice, and asphalt. The raspberry streak faintly repeats itself on the back end, with some minerality (slate, granite) to finish it off.

    Primarily a black-fruit driven wine, but with enough verve to provide lift throughout the experience. A significant amount of depth and flavor profile that adds layered nuance and interest. I decanted this wine, but it didn't really need it. PnP was just fine.

    A solid 94 points. Enjoy now and over the next 7+ years.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Brownvino wrote: (93 points)

    April 14, 2016 - Opened 60 minutes prior to consuming and then drank over the next thee hours.
    Initial impression: very dark. First nose (before swirl) was very moderate; much of the nose was apparent after the swirl. Nose of dark fruits. Very pleasurable. The taste agreed with my flavor profile.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Syrah Blend
  • Designation Relentless
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 013528700024, 135287000242, 856095000063

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (0%)
  • In Cellars 2,079 (71%)
  • Consumed 835 (29%)

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