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    Shafer Relentless 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz - Napa Valley, California

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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 96 Wine Spectator, 95 The Wine Advocate, 94 Tasting Panel, 92 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 15.6%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 113515

    Winemaker's Notes:

    #1 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

    The 2008 is like midnight in a glass. With abundant aromas and flavors of juicy purple fruit, smoked meat, spice, smoke, black plums and berry, it hugs the line between extract and elegance. In the mouth it's full and seamless from first taste through the long finish.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The best Relentless yet. Shows all the muscle, density, richness and range of flavor found in many Shafer reds, yet takes it to another level in this vintage. The aromatics are full and distinct, with loads of dark berry, charcoal, and then as it unfolds touches of black cherry, raspberry, red and black licorice, sailing along and then firming nicely on the finish. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2013 through 2023.

    96 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Another thoroughbred in the making is the 2008 Relentless. Full-bodied with sensational extract and richness, its opaque purple color is followed by terrific smoky barbecue notes, full-bodied opulence and tremendous depth, power and richness. This stunning Syrah can be drunk over the next 15-20 years.

    95 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    The field blend of 75% Syrah, 25% Petite Sirah is from a sustainably farmed hillside ranch south of the winery's Stag's Leap District headquarters. On-going layers of plums, meaty-skinned blackberry and a persevering earthy soil and fudge cake texture penetrates to an in-your-face tanacity. But thanks to a creamy determination, the wine is subdued enough to enjoy through thick and thin.

    94 Points
    Tasting Panel

    Bright medium ruby. Lively aromas of blackberry, violet and pepper. Juicy and youthfully imploded, with impressive and energy and definition to the flavors of black cherry, spices and pepper; hides its 15.6% alcohol nicely. Less fleshy but more fruity than the 2007 version. Winemaker Fernandez believes that this wine will last longer than the earlier vintage, and noted that the 1999 version is very good right now. This was bottled a month prior to my March visit.
    Rating: 92(+?)

    92 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    Curtis Lucas (2/15/2012)
    I made a huge mistake ordering only 4 bottles. I had a dinner party and I can vouch for fact that we liked it all gone. My attempts to get more have been unsuccessful.
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