2005 Shafer Vineyards Relentless
Syrah - 750ML

  • WA 93
  • WS 92
  • IWC 90

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WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2008
The sensational 2005 Relentless boasts an opaque purple color along with a wonderfully sweet nose of blackberries creosote acacia flowers and hints of pepper and meat in the background. Full-bodied and densely... The sensational 2005 Relentless boasts an opaque purple color along with a wonderfully sweet nose of blackberries creosote acacia flowers and hints of pepper and meat in the background. Full-bodied and densely concentrated with the oak component well-concealed by the wine's extravagant richness this gorgeous 2005 can be drunk now or cellared for 10 years.Celebrating 30 years of consistent quality and both critical and commercial success this family run winery remains one of the most admirable operations in California. The Shafers have had tremendous success with their Relentless which was first released in 1999. A blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Petite Sirah that spends 32 months in 100% new French oak it is a remarkably consistent offering that rarely displays much oak. The Syrah is from Napa's cool-climate Oak Knoll sector. One of the world's most prodigious Cabernet Sauvignons is Shafer's 2000-case cuvee called Hillside Select. Always 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% new French oak for a whopping 32 months it boasts a gorgeous track record dating back to the early nineties and just about every recent vintage has flirted with perfection.
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2008
Brimming with spicy zesty wild berry pepper mineral and fresh earth flavors presented in a tight focused concentrated manner. Finishes with firm tannins and good length. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2012... Brimming with spicy zesty wild berry pepper mineral and fresh earth flavors presented in a tight focused concentrated manner. Finishes with firm tannins and good length. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2012. 3500 cases made. -JL
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2008
a 78/22 blend of syrah and petite sirah) Saturated ruby. Musky very reduced nose. Suave on entry then pliant and sweet with a plush texture and a smoky nuance to the red and dark fruit flavors. Finishes with ripe tannins... a 78/22 blend of syrah and petite sirah) Saturated ruby. Musky very reduced nose. Suave on entry then pliant and sweet with a plush texture and a smoky nuance to the red and dark fruit flavors. Finishes with ripe tannins and very good length.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2005

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.