Red

2010 Shafer Relentless

Syrah Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 63

  • MK62 wrote: (94 points)

    September 3, 2016 - Half bottle yesterday, the rest today. Even better today. Dark sweet fruit, balanced spice with the fruit and long lingering finish of almost a minute.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • walkerjfw wrote: (95 points)

    August 10, 2016 - In NYC at Vic's Restaurant, great spot downtown and corkage friendly. This one was my contribution, first bottle from a stash bought at release. Decanted at the restaurant for about hour+ before drinking. We went a bit out of order, sampling this first with a sopressata pizza, a spicy pasta and then again later in the meal...

    Dark purple color. Incredible nose...jumps from the glass; blueberry, blackberry, spices, meat, smoke and graphite. Palate was a full bodied, classic Syrah. Dark fruits, tobacco, spices/pepper, cassis and licorice.

    A lot going on with this wine, it improved considerably later in the meal (after opened for about 90 minutes). Adding layers of nuance on the finish and accentuating the savory notes. Drinking like the best of Northern Rhone, would put this with Colgin Estate as the 2 best Syrahs in California. Really special stuff, should last another 20+ years...

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • csimm1161 wrote: (95 points)

    August 4, 2016 - Same as my previous notes on this wine. Nice dark fruits and some notable minerality. Drinking well with an hour or two decant, or hold until early 2017 for even more optimum drinking.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • SMHalps Likes this wine: (91 points)

    July 28, 2016 - Had this at a NYC Steakhouse as part of a Shafer wine night with 10 people. We had this between the 2007 One Point Five and before the 2011 Hillside Select. A very good wine, with a larger percentage of Syrah than previous vintages of Relentless. A few in the group commented that it was not as impressive as previous vintages of Relentless. It is full bodied and rich, and maybe just a touch flabby as it didn't have a lot of tannic grip.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • cab blends Likes this wine: (92 points)

    June 21, 2016 - Very light caramel in the nose. The alcohol clearly comes through with vengeance.

    Very dark red and purple color.

    Initial attack is dry and fruity begins then the spices and pepper kick in.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174 (link)

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    2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: An Epic Vintage (Dec 2012) (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2010
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Syrah Blend
  • Designation Relentless
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 010465208903, 013528700024, 918820469344

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 16 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,455 (79%)
  • Consumed 633 (20%)

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