Red

2010 Shafer Relentless

Syrah Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 67

  • michigan dogs Likes this wine: (94 points)

    January 2, 2017 - much better on the 2nd day, luscious, smoky, tasted like a syrah. Needs air and time

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • STTSOMMELIER Likes this wine: (94 points)

    October 26, 2016 - The cork was extremely delicate and came apart easily, the finesse was well worth the discovery of a gorgeous ruby glow under light once poured. The legs are slow and create a piece of art as they fall back into the bottom of the glass. There is no noticeable sediment thus far. The smell is extremely complex and one of the most unique noses of a wine I've ever tried, the first thought that came to my mind is complex BBQ - light smoke from hints of charred hickory and cedar and with a sauce that was made with licorice, currants, blackberry, and soy. The taste is immediately heavy, I can feel the 15.8% alcohol content on my tongue and pick up tastes of cloves and spices, licorice, black pepper and red currant. The body is medium/full. The wine has silky texture and surprises me with an amazingly smooth finish though with a medium acidity.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: (96 points)

    October 25, 2016 - Previous notes on specific flavors still apply. Awesome wine, and inching its way up in score for me as time goes on. PnP was near-perfect and ready right out of the gate.

    A couple of hours in the decanter gave it some fascinating dark chocolate, black licorice, and black slate notes, but otherwise it continued to sail consistently all the way from its initial opening until the final sips about three hours later. Solid wine! Drink now and over the next 5-8 years.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • Cschall wrote: (94 points)

    October 15, 2016 - Licorice, blackberry & spice with good balance. Off dry, high alcolohol, medium acidity, medium finish & medium+ tanins. Best with a stew using smoked meats (bacon). Probably a year too early, even after a 3hr decant.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • 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
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    May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174 (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 19 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,421 (77%)
  • Consumed 713 (23%)

Food Pairing

Beef Roast, PASTA W/ MEATBALLS

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98% Like It  63 votes

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