2003 Shafer Relentless

Syrah Blend

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 78

  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine: (92 points)

    June 29, 2014 - This excites me for some of the younger Relentless that we have sitting in our cellar (and also makes me convinced patience is key). Wine still on the young side, but starting to come together more. We opened it (but no decant) prob an hour or two before we started serving. Then drank the glass (against an '03 Araujo Eisele Syrah and an '07 Efeste Ceidleigh) over the course of another hour or so. Much fruiter than the Araujo, less syrup-y than the Efeste. It was very tight upon first pour, but opened up over the course of the night (in retrospect, really should have decanted). Great blackberries. Nice leather. Tasty wine.

  • fritza wrote: (92 points)

    May 31, 2014 - So much better than 2 years ago, and it was very good then. Still fairly opaque, purple with great structure. Cherry on the nose. Vanilla, white pepper and black coffee and dark fruit with soft tannins that have mellowed even more.

  • dontime wrote:

    March 12, 2014 - Consumed at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Outstanding effort with lots of creamy black fruit, oak and spice. This followed two single vineyard Cayuse Syrahs and more than held its own. If scoring 94-96.

  • NTR wrote: (92 points)

    February 16, 2014 - Been almost 2 yrs since last opening. Nice deep cherry nose. Little mineral, some rust, some barnyard. Tannins pretty well integrated now but latent tightness. Full bodied, fruitful, very good.

  • Chuck C Likes this wine: (91 points)

    February 15, 2014 - Dark and Inky, opens up (as you can imagine) upon decanting. Very dark ripe berry fruit, you can tell that this had a lot of tannin when young. Drinking with some Tri-Tip tonight. Perfect pairing, by the way. There is some oaken finish, but creamy. Very nice wine!

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2007, Issue #130 (link)

    (Shafer Vineyards Relentless Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 18 (1%)
  • In Cellars 869 (56%)
  • Consumed 655 (42%)

Food Pairing

Scotch broth lamb soup

Who Likes This Wine

93% Like It  14 votes