2004 Shafer Vineyards Relentless
Syrah - 750ML
  • WA 91
  • IWC 90

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WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2007
The 2004 Relentless is one of the more elegant styles they have produced. The wine exhibits a deep ruby/purple color to the rim fine notes of blackberries graphite pepper and some vanilla. Subtle smoke oodles of fruit in... The 2004 Relentless is one of the more elegant styles they have produced. The wine exhibits a deep ruby/purple color to the rim fine notes of blackberries graphite pepper and some vanilla. Subtle smoke oodles of fruit in a deep full-bodied style with sweet tannins and a silky finish are present. Despite its exuberance and front-end loaded style I suspect this wine will last 12-15+ years.
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2007
(80/20 blend of syrah and petite sirah) Medium ruby. Cassis blackberry black cherry violet and minerals on the nose along with some nutty oak. Then sweet and penetrating with ripe black cherry and bitter chocolate flavors... (80/20 blend of syrah and petite sirah) Medium ruby. Cassis blackberry black cherry violet and minerals on the nose along with some nutty oak. Then sweet and penetrating with ripe black cherry and bitter chocolate flavors nicely framed by spicy oak. Finishes with fairly strong slightly rustic tannins and excellent length.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2004

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.