Red

2005 Shafer Relentless

Syrah Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 94

  • mlawren1 wrote: (92 points)

    March 17, 2016 - Plums and cherries finish with a bit of cedar.

  • SMHalps Likes this wine: (90 points)

    March 6, 2016 - Oddball Blends - Blind tasting (Brasserie 8 1/2 - 9 W. 57th Street): This didn't show as well as I expected. It might be on the downside of its drinking window. My last two bottles. Actually my least favorite wine of the night.

  • DBunk Likes this wine: (96 points)

    December 24, 2015 - Stunning as usual from this winery. Amazing fruit, tannin and earth with worn leather notes, with a espresso, dark chocolate and tobacco leaf finish. Complexity and tannins package this perfectly. Had with various cuts of grilled meats. Perfect pairing.

  • fritza wrote: (92 points)

    October 28, 2015 - We had this side by side with my friend's 2008 Relentless which was Spectator wine of the year. First off, the 2008 was amazing and deserves all of the accolades. the 2005, still is no slouch. We decanted both and poured back in bottles to take to restaurant.
    The '05 is complex and big. Perhaps not as balanced as the '08. On the nose it does have a hint of wet leather to go with the dark fruit. On the palate a pleasant mix of spice, dark berry fruit and plum from the Petite Syrah.

  • DBunk wrote: (94 points)

    October 17, 2015 - Bold and big. But not opulent or overripe. Excellent layering of fruit, tannins, earthiness and spices with a full and long finish. Really showing its depth at this age and still has lots of life given tannins and fruit. Though its going to be hard to hold onto the rest of these for much longer.
    Drank with grilled filet.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    December 2008 (link)

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  • 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 955 (55%)
  • Consumed 767 (44%)

Food Pairing

filet mignon, Grilled skirt steak, steak

Who Likes This Wine

100% Like It  31 votes