Shafer relentless

"Relentless" 2013

Shafer Vineyards

“Pull the cork on this vintage and you’ll find an inky, liquid feast – aromas and flavors of meat and game, briar fruit, morels, boysenberry, grilled blueberries and cinnamon. The acidity gives this otherwise deep, dark wine a liveliness that offer engaging pleasure. The ripe, silky tannins offer tremendous promise for things to come after years in the cellar.” — Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez

Country:
USA
Region:
Napa Valley
Vintage:
2013
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
97% Syrah, 3% Petite Sirah
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
95

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Aging:
100% new 60-gallon French oak barrels (30 months)
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Organic
Alcohol percentage:
15.8
Closure:
Cork
Case production:
3300

Reviews

  • "95 points. The anomaly in the Shafer portfolio is the Relentless, which is created from the southern foothills of the Vaca mountain range and was debuted largely at the insistence of Elias Fernandez. The first vintage was 1999, and this big, massive, Rhône Valley-inspired wine is certainly a wine capable of lasting 20-25 years. A blend always dominated by Syrah, but with various percentages of Petite Sirah, the 2013 Relentless has a tiny quantity of Petite Sirah (only 3%). It is a stunning wine, with notes of roasted meats, beef blood, lavender, new saddle leather, blackberry and pepper, followed by a wine with a huge, massive, plush texture, an opulence and richness that are stunning, and a long, long finish. It can be drunk young for its exuberance and boisterous character or cellared for another 20+ years." (Wine Advocate)
  • "93 points. Floral blackberry and espresso aromas lead to densely complex flavors of dark plum, licorice and mineral in this structured red, well-framed by taut tannins and lively acidity. Should benefit from time in the cellar. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2019 through 2027. 3,300 cases made." (Wine Spectator)

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