Shafer relentless

"Relentless" 2014

Shafer Vineyards

“The first pour offers an endlessly rich density of meaty, smoky, black fruit aromas while the wine saturates the mouth with deep flavors of black licorice, bramble fruit, black pepper, allspice, bacon, and char. All of this opulence is energized with underlying acidity and bound together with structured, ripe tannins built for very long term ageability.” — Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez

Country:
USA
Region:
Napa Valley
Appellation/ava:
Stags Leap District
Vintage:
2014
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
89% Syrah, 11% 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 2014 Relentless, made up of 89% Syrah and 11% Petite Sirah, is deep garnet-purple with a pronounced nose of black plums, blackberries and black cherries with touches of fragrant earth, black pepper and Indian spices plus a waft of lavender. Very big, full-bodied, opulent and laden with vibrant black fruits and spicy layers, it has firm, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and peppery." (Wine Advocate)
  • "94 points. The 2014 Relentless is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. Inky, voluptuous and wonderfully vivid, the 2014 has so much to offer. A rush of inky blue/purplish fruit, exotic spice and floral notes build into the powerful, brooding finish. Two thousand fourteen is an exceptional vintage for Relentless, Shafer's Syrah/Petite Sirah blend." (vinous)

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