Red

2005 Shafer Relentless

Syrah Blend

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 83

  • JonasH65 Likes this wine: (92 points)

    December 23, 2014 - 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!

  • stayhappy21 wrote: (94 points)

    December 14, 2014 - 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.

  • mlawren1 wrote: (94 points)

    November 21, 2014 - Blackberries and plums. Finishes with a hint of leather

  • EvanRose Likes this wine: (93 points)

    June 30, 2014 - smooth, big flavor of red fruit, long finish, great mouth feel

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  • EvanRose Likes this wine: (94 points)

    June 6, 2014 - rich, full bodied, enjoyed with my wife dining alfresco at our favorite Itallian restaurant

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    December 2008 (link)

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Wine Library TV

  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Tasting with a Long Time Vayniac, Episode #681, 5/22/2009 (link) (91-92) points

    (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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Syrah Blend
  • Designation Relentless
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Code 013528700024

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1059 (63%)
  • Consumed 619 (37%)

Food Pairing

Grilled skirt steak

Who Likes This Wine

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