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    Shafer Relentless 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz - Napa Valley, California

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    • WS95
    • V93
    Price: $74.99
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Spectator, 93 Vinous / Antonio Galloni, 91 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 15.8%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 118862

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The 2008 vintage of this wine was ranked #1 on the Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2012

    The 2009 Relentless offers dense, enticing aromas and flavors of purple/black fruit, smoked meat, spice, incense, black plums and berry. Even at this young age it offers elegance wrapped in extract, with ripe tannins and good structure for aging. In the mouth it's full and rich from the first taste through the long finish.

    A bold wine like Relentless complements similar concentrated flavors found in dishes such as Syrah-braised short ribs, smoked lamb with Relentless reduction, roast duck, as well as beef and game. Aged, dry cheeses such as Cheddar, Abbaye De Belloc, and Manchego also pair deliciously.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Brimming with dark, rich berry, loamy earth, crushed rock and espresso. This is a powerful expression that is also tapered and sophisticated, ending with all kinds of subtle nuances that come alive on the finish. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2013 through 2024.

    95 Points
    Wine Spectator

    The 2009 Relentless (Syrah/Petite Sirah) wraps around the palate with serious depth. Dark cherries, grilled herbs and menthol take shape in the glass followed by sweet floral notes that add lift on the finish. A rich, round and voluptuous wine, the 2009 impresses for its overall sense of harmony. It isn’t terribly varietal, but is quite pretty if taken on its own terms. The 2009 is 82% Syrah and 18% Petite Sirah. Personally, I prefer the subsequent vintages, where Syrah plays more of a leading role. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
    Rating: 93+

    93 Points
    Vinous / Antonio Galloni

    Saturated bright ruby. Blackberry, flint, mocha, licorice, bitter chocolate and roast coffee on the nose, with violet and pepper accents emerging with air. Densely packed, concentrated and surprisingly dry, with deep flavors of dark chocolate and dried fruits complicated by a floral element. Finishes with broad, slightly edgy tannins and excellent saline length.

    91 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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