Red

2005 Shafer Relentless

Syrah Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2009 - 2016 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 96

  • wmccone54 wrote: (95 points)

    November 18, 2016 - As expected, this is an exceptional wine, seems to be drinking at peak and showing no signs of imminent decline given its eleven years of age. Comprised of 78% Syrah and 22% Petite Sirah. Aromatic fragrances of smoked meat, black pepper, freshly baked blueberry cobbler, purple flowers, and some herbal notes. Complex flavors of crusty blueberry cobbler, spicy black raspberry, black coffee, black olive, and some dark, moist earthy loam. Rich, meaty texture displaying a harmonious balanced mouthfeel, leading to an extremely long, satisfying finish. This is the best of all the Relentless Syrahs I've enjoyed to date. Impressive.

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  • bugdoced wrote: (94 points)

    November 11, 2016 - Just terrific
    In a great drinking spot

  • 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.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    December 2008 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132 (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 940 (53%)
  • Consumed 824 (46%)

Food Pairing

filet mignon, Grilled skirt steak, steak

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