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Community Tasting Notes 38
wine4ever Likes this wine: (94 points)
November 4, 2015 - Amazingly delicious. Given the 'traveling' this wine went through in it's youth, it was suspect, but fortunately, it shined! Bought in Texas shortly after release, transfered to Phoenix and eventually Montana. Beautiful clear, dark garnet in color. Peppery and cherry nose. Rich, intense, yet elegant palate with lovely currant, blackberry, anise, and spice flavors. Slight tannins remain, great structure, long, clean finish. Well concealed oak and alcohol. Very fresh tasting and still youthful. So happy to have one more. Drink by 2020.
sastewart wrote: (93 points)
May 1, 2015 - Open 5 hours then tasted blind by the group, consensus guess for age was 2007-2008. Beautiful nose of flowers, blackberries and licorice. Great structure - tannins and acid in balance. Core of pure black friuts and pretty spices. Great wine! 93+ points
Loren Sonkin wrote: (94 points)
September 1, 2014 - A Labor of Love (and wine and beer) (Our home): Really drinking well right now. This bottle got emptied quickly. These take a decade to come around and at age 15, its really hitting its stride. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, blueberries, some dried fruits as well. Slight charred oak quality. Everything seems integrated on the palate. Good acidity. Long finish. Yes, its a shame how pricey these have gotten, but it is a great wine.
Rcapria Does not like this wine: (85 points)
July 23, 2014 - this is one of the worst wines i have every had...very bitter....maybe bad.....decanted for an hour it got worst instead of better... maybe the end of its run...drink up
LJD Likes this wine: (92 points)
July 18, 2014 - We didn't decant this and it was a mistake. Amazing how big and bold this was after 15 years. It actually tasted a little young still. Opened up in the glass nicely and was delicious.
Alas, this was my only bottle.
Pro Reviews 3
By Stephen Tanzer
May/June 2002, IWC Issue #102 (link)
(Shafer Vineyards Relentless Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96 (link)
(Shafer Vineyards Syrah Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
8/17/2003 (link) 91 points
(Shafer Relentless) Aromatic, blackberry nose; concentrated, rich, layered, chocolate, cherry, espresso palate with some heat toward the medium-plus finish 91+ pts.
- Vintage 1999
- 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
- Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
- In Cellars 245 (57%)
- Consumed 183 (43%)
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