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Wine Makes Me Broke Likes this wine: (90 points)
July 4, 2016 - This wine had heat. Nonetheless surprised at how young it tasted, like it was a 2013 vintage. This one has many years in it.
I blind-tasted this along with a $17 J. Lohr Syrah 2013. I was able to distinguish the Shafer just by the longer finish and depth of flavor. But I must say, this one is hard to drink on its own. You definitely need food to compliment.
My friend who has little to no experience in wine tasting did not like this wine at all. He preferred the $17 because Shafer was too alcoholic and had a lot of heat in the back-end. I understand where he is coming from, cannot disagree. Very tannic even after 7 hours of slow-oxidizing in the bottle. Maybe my bottle was stored poorly; purchased from auction.
Tannic Monster Likes this wine: (94 points)
April 17, 2016 - Drank last night with other amazing wines. This must be at its peak and was memorable. Beautiful fruit, integrated tannins, plush mouth feel, and a beautiful finish. Amazing wine.
Ridgerunner Likes this wine: (94 points)
March 24, 2016 - Awesome stuff
ToddR911 Likes this wine: (91 points)
December 26, 2015 - Deep, dark purple. Drinking very well right now. Great scent on the nose of dark fruit, tobacco, and chocolate. Layers of flavor for a nice, earthy, long finish.
October 17, 2015 - The nose is in check, alcohol not sticking out. A black hole of blackberry fruit and a note of coffee grounds. Michael M. says "brambly". Heat on the finish. Not really my style. Acker auction, Marea.
Pro Reviews 1
By Stephen Tanzer
January/February 2007, IWC Issue #130 (link)
(Shafer Vineyards Relentless Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
- Vintage 2003
- 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 16 (1%)
- In Cellars 821 (52%)
- Consumed 754 (47%)
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