2006 Shafer Vineyards Relentless
Syrah - 750ML
  • WA 94
  • WE 94
  • WS 90

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2008
The 2006 Relentless may be even better. It possesses an opaque purple hue as well as a grapy smoky perfume displaying scents of roasted meats blackberries licorice and charcoal. This packed and stacked full-bodied 2006... The 2006 Relentless may be even better. It possesses an opaque purple hue as well as a grapy smoky perfume displaying scents of roasted meats blackberries licorice and charcoal. This packed and stacked full-bodied 2006 should drink beautifully for 10-15 years.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast, May 2010
Incredibly intense with dense focused vivid black cherry berry spice cassis herb and licorice flavors. Lush supple textured round and elegant it1s quite peppery nonetheless and framed in ripe meaty tannins. Named for the... Incredibly intense with dense focused vivid black cherry berry spice cassis herb and licorice flavors. Lush supple textured round and elegant it1s quite peppery nonetheless and framed in ripe meaty tannins. Named for the relentless efforts of winemaker Elias Fernandez the wine is silky smooth and long at the end. An outstanding first Syrah from this winery best known for Cabernet. - J.M. (5/1/2002) - 94
WS 90
Wine Spectator, March 2010
Dense rich and chewy with tightly wound mineral graphite plum and berry flavors that are full-blown and concentrated. This gains depth and nuance on the finish while retaining its structure and focus. Syrah and Petite... Dense rich and chewy with tightly wound mineral graphite plum and berry flavors that are full-blown and concentrated. This gains depth and nuance on the finish while retaining its structure and focus. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2016. 3800 cases made. -JL
JJB 91
JJ Buckley, August 2010
This cuvee of 84% Syrah and 16% Petite Sirah is truly "Relentless" to the senses--from the black and blue saturated hue to the boldness of grilled meat and sauvage notes that jump out of the glass. The palate provides ... This cuvee of 84% Syrah and 16% Petite Sirah is truly "Relentless" to the senses--from the black and blue saturated hue to the boldness of grilled meat and sauvage notes that jump out of the glass. The palate provides blackberry black plum and blueberry fruit along with coffee and pepper. This layered effort soaks up the new French Oak making for a seamless integration. The Petite Sirah plays well off the Syrah making for a wonderful teeth-staining experience!
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2006

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.