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2007 Shafer Relentless
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Community Tasting Notes 65
clarktoews Likes this wine: (92 points)
August 7, 2014 - not as impressive as my last btl. this one felt a bit thin on the palate and had a short finish
NostraBacchus Likes this wine: (94 points)
July 4, 2014 - Opened for 2 hours. Dark purple color. Very high viscosity. Expressive nose of dark berries (blueberries, blackberries), cassis, leather, tobacco, but also some oaky notes (vanilla, chocolate). On the palate there are notes of dark berries again, leather, tobacco, menthol and sweet spices. Full-bodied and very dense, with medium+ tannin and medium acidity adding some freshness. Very long finish. A very beautiful intense full-throttle Syrah... a hypothetical blend of Northern Rhône and Barossa Valley (with slightly more Barossa character than Northern Rhône) but also freshness and structure. I would give it another 2-3 years in bottle...
Wine_lvr Likes this wine: (94 points)
June 6, 2014 - Tasted blind: Dark purple in color. Nose shows notes of tar, coffee and dark berries. Still lots of tannin but at the same time nicely balanced, with a great length. Elegant and smooth. Still on the young side. Great Syrah.
eluebchow wrote: (90 points)
June 4, 2014 - This is a massive, brooding wine; Right off the bat, the bouquet expresses candied red fruits, vanilla and a hint of pepper; The palate is equally massive, with notes of sweet blackberries, chocolate and spice with a long finish; The quality of the fruit is undoubtedly excellent, although the over-the-top style is slightly excessive to my tastes; I would let these sit for 5+ more years for some secondary flavors to develop and to tame the sweetness of the fruit
markandsusanw wrote: (90 points)
May 16, 2014 - Decanted approx. 45 min. ... This was very good, but not great. Fruit a bit faded, as expected at this point, but tannins still just a hint harsh, which took a bit away from the blend. Mineral and earth were the dominant flavors. Next time I'll try this as a pop and pour and see if it's got a bit more going on.
Pro Reviews 2
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
By Stephen Tanzer
May/June 2011, Issue #156 (link)
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The Rhone Report
By Jeb Dunnuck
California in the spotlight!, Issue #6, 11/30/2010 (link) 93+ points
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- Vintage 2007
- Type Red
- Producer Shafer
- Varietal Syrah Blend
- Designation Relentless
- Vineyard n/a
- Country USA
- Region California
- SubRegion Napa Valley
- Appellation Napa Valley
- Pending Delivery 30 (1%)
- In Cellars 2098 (74%)
- Consumed 717 (25%)