Red

2005 Shafer Relentless

Syrah Blend

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 79

  • EvanRose Likes this wine: (93 points)

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

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • EvanRose Likes this wine: (94 points)

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

  • mdmcgonigal wrote: (92 points)

    May 16, 2014 - Dark berry nose. Tastes of dark and well balanced berries. Just a tad of extra tannin on the very pleasant, lingering finish.

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  • Bandreas wrote: (86 points)

    May 14, 2014 - Tasted blind at the "Rhone Wine tasting" conducted at the Bistro Provence, Bethesda
    Color very dark, some purple at the rim;
    "Young wine" feel on the nose, quite grapey with tannin, fruit and acidity; surprisingly soft on the palate, then comes some tannin.
    after a while it seemed to become more one-dimensional and noticeably sweeter on the palate.
    I seemed to smell/taste some Grenache and went to the Southern Rhone… Only 7000 miles off… should have ben more suspicious when the wine seemed to turn sweeter...

  • VinoDiver Likes this wine: (91 points)

    March 16, 2014 - A bit more alcohol on the finish than I normally care for, but this wine is still very good. Developing the dusty oak notes that I find as many of these wines age and really enjoy.

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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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1063 (64%)
  • Consumed 598 (36%)

Food Pairing

Grilled skirt steak

Who Likes This Wine

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