2009 Shafer Vineyards Relentless
Syrah - 750ML

  • WS 95
  • WA 93
  • CG 92

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WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2012
Brimming with dark rich berry loamy earth crushed rock and espresso. This is a powerful expression that is also tapered and sophisticated ending with all kinds of subtle nuances that come alive on the finish. Syrah and... Brimming with dark rich berry loamy earth crushed rock and espresso. This is a powerful expression that is also tapered and sophisticated ending with all kinds of subtle nuances that come alive on the finish. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2013 through 2024. From California.-J.L.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2011
The 2009 Relentless is a big explosive wine bursting with dark red fruit flowers and spices. This is a young wine with plenty of life but the 100% new French oak is a bit more obvious here which suggests the wine may not... The 2009 Relentless is a big explosive wine bursting with dark red fruit flowers and spices. This is a young wine with plenty of life but the 100% new French oak is a bit more obvious here which suggests the wine may not quite have the stuffing to support the oak. Floral notes reappear on the finish adding brightness and lift. In 2009 the blend is 82% Syrah and 18% Petit Sirah. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. - Antonio Galloni
CG 92
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, November 2012
There is never any reluctance at Shafer to let its wines develop to full and deep character and in so doing there is an acceptance of the higher alcohols that necessarily accompany the longer time on the vine accorded the... There is never any reluctance at Shafer to let its wines develop to full and deep character and in so doing there is an acceptance of the higher alcohols that necessarily accompany the longer time on the vine accorded the grapes. But what happens at Shafer as well as it other successful practitioners of the style is an equally strict adherence to the notion that fruit and balance are the only ways to pull off the style with any sort of reasonable panache and tasting pleasure. Not surprisingly this full-bodied 15.8% alcohol wine is yet another in the line of incredibly successful Syrahs that have been authored by the Shafers and if its bold deep and so incredibly expressive character is not for everyone it is certainly going to be the choice of many.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2009

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.