Red

2010 Shafer Relentless

Syrah Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 115

  • kstoddard wrote:

    September 9, 2020 - Not a fan

  • VlgJeff wrote: 92 points

    September 4, 2020 - Decanted at 5:00 pm for dinner with some sediment. Here's how the wine progressed:
    Initial: rather stark with very low fruit and lots of acidity. The 15.8% alcohol as well as some solid drying tannins also showed on the finish.
    At 0.5 hours: some red and dark red fruits begin to emerge. The acidity is still quite high with obvious tannins and some alcohol on the finish.
    At 1.0 hours: more fruit emerges as spice and pepper come forward with acidity and tannins receding.
    At 1.5 hours: this is the wine we waited for. Lots of red and dark red fruits, lots of pepper and only touches of spice and tannin. This is - with air - a fruit driven wine that can probably hold for several more years.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • jc510 Likes this wine:

    September 3, 2020 - Drinking really well now

  • pinotpounder Likes this wine: 91 points

    August 29, 2020 - 91 points

  • jviz wrote: 92 points

    May 3, 2020 - The 2010 Relentless has rested in my cellar since release. At the time, the 08 was impossible to find having taken the WS wine of the year award. I built a small vertical and have started to open them. We visited Shafer in 2017 and tasted the 13 Relentless (which was only a shade behind Hillside Select in my memory. My major takeaway today is that these wines are built to be rich and voluptuous - they are not crafted with the end goal being a 20-30 year wine. So far, it’s holding up fine, and why wouldn’t it; with so much structure and alcohol? (Another conversation). But it is starting to throw a bit of sediment and the balance may be slowly tipping into overly oaky territory...

    Tasted over 2 days at cellar temp (PnP night one and stood up in the fridge for #2) in Zalto BDX glass. Pours dark purple, less glycerine and glass coating legs compared to release. The aromas are of prominent oak, blackberry pie, and baked plum. The wine has a soft, full bodied texture and the 15.8% alcohol is so well integrated as to be unnoticed (my sensitivity on this is somewhat poor). The acidity is low to medium but it works here without any flabbiness. Still with some creamy lactic tones as it warms. It finishes medium with discernable wood tannins leaving a very mild bite (along with the sediment). So be sure to decant this one.

    My impression is that this wine will become Wood dominant as the fruit fades (which the last few notes suggest is starting to occur). But when you start with mountains and gobs, that may take awhile. Maybe this turns out like the great petites from Ridge and others in the 80s, though I doubt it. One final point: there is nothing at all (in the wine) to alert you to the fact it is composed of 96% syrah. No olive, meat, lavender, pepper, or any typical signature of the grape. It’s a big red new world wine, and it’s still nice to drink, good people behind the label, etc; but no way on earth you could call the grape blinded.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2010
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shafer
  • Varietal Syrah Blend
  • Designation Relentless
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 010465208903, 013528700024, 918820469344

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 4 (0%)
  • In Cellars 2,067 (58%)
  • Consumed 1,471 (42%)

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Community Recommendations

Beef Roast, PASTA W/ MEATBALLS

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99% Like It  90 votes

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