2002 Shafer Vineyards Relentless
Syrah - 750ML

  • WA 94
  • WS 94
  • WE 91

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2005
Named after their talented viticulturalist and winemaker Elias Fernandez the Relentless cuvee was introduced a few years ago and is a blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Petite Sirah aged 32 months in 100% new French oak. It is a... Named after their talented viticulturalist and winemaker Elias Fernandez the Relentless cuvee was introduced a few years ago and is a blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Petite Sirah aged 32 months in 100% new French oak. It is a terrific wine and the good news is that there are about 2500 cases produced. The 2002 Relentless has an inky purple color to the rim a big sweet nose of vanilla pepper blue and blackberry fruit and some chocolate and espresso roast in a sweet plush full-bodied palate with high tannin glycerin and extract. It should drink well for 10-12 years.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2005
A tremendous wine from the start with captivating aromas of rich currant beef blackberry and wild berry. Tightly focused and impeccably balanced this offers wonderful complexity and depth with a long rich intense finish... A tremendous wine from the start with captivating aromas of rich currant beef blackberry and wild berry. Tightly focused and impeccably balanced this offers wonderful complexity and depth with a long rich intense finish. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2010. 2500 cases made. (JL)
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, September 2005
Epitomizes the rich extracted style of Napa Syrah cramming jammy blackberries onto a large sturdy structure framed by considerable toasty oak. Yet despite the concentration it doesn't lack for complexity; there are hints... Epitomizes the rich extracted style of Napa Syrah cramming jammy blackberries onto a large sturdy structure framed by considerable toasty oak. Yet despite the concentration it doesn't lack for complexity; there are hints of coffee chocolate meat and leather to be sniffed out and these should become even more notable after cellaring...
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2002

Winery

Shafer Vineyards

Shafer Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley. It was founded in 1972 by John Shafer who left a 23-year career in the publishing industry to pursue a second career in wine. After purchasing a 210-acre estate, the family faced the arduous task of replanting the existing vineyards which dated back to the 1920s.

Evolving from grape growers to vintners, the Shafers crushed their first Cabernet grapes in 1978 and began construction on their winery a year later. The first Shafer Cabernet became a benchmark, winning the acclaimed San Francisco Vintners Club taste-off upon release and, over a decade later taking first place in an international blind tasting held in Germany, where it outranked such wines as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and Chateau Palmer.

Doug Shafer became winemaker in 1983 after graduating from the University of California at Davis with a degree in enology and viticulture. A year later, Elias Fernandez joined the winery as assistant winemaker. Together Doug and Elias have worked closely to forge the Shafer style of quality, consistency and elegance.

New vineyards have been added over the years, with acreage acquired in the Oak Knoll, Stags Leap and Carneros districts, bringing the total Shafer vineyard acreage to over 200 acres. Winery facilities have been expanded and extensive caves carved into the hillside for aging wine.

In 1994, Elias was appointed winemaker, and Doug took over the reins as president when John became chairman of the board.