2014 Shafer Vineyards 'Relentless' (Syrah)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $89.94 (reg. $94.94)
"One of Napa’s most prominent and respected wineries, Shafer is a poster boy for remarkable and consistent quality across the board...this is a winery that never seems to disappoint." - Robert Parker
Whether it's their flagship 'Hillside Select' Cabernet, or their rich 'Red Shoulder Ranch' Chardonnay, the iconic Shafer Vineyards continues to garner outstanding praise. Their blockbuster 2014 'Relentless' Syrah is the latest success!
Sourced from a rugged and remote estate vineyard, Shafer's 2014 'Relentless' is a concentrated, "super-expressive" effort, packed with abundant dark fruit and enticing floral components. With syrah (89%) providing the richness, and petite sirah (11%) yielding aromatics and structure, the paradox of extract and elegance is a recurring theme in every vintage.
And if you have any doubts about the aging potential, check out this update from Parker on the inaugural '99 release: "the 1999 Relentless, which they opened at the winery to show how well it is aging, is still a baby at age 11...So much for California Syrah not aging well!"
With the 2014 vintage in Napa shaping up to be "another superlative year" per Robert Parker, you'll want to grab this exemplary Syrah. If you're craving a rich, full-bodied red to drink now and over the next two decades, Shafer's got your number. Cheers!