2015 Shafer Vineyards Relentless
Syrah - 750ML
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  • WA 95
  • WS 93
  • VN 93
  • DC 92

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2018
95+ Blended of 90% Syrah and 10% Petite Sirah, the deep purple-black colored 2015 Relentless has a total rock-star nose of flamboyant blackberry pie, plum preserves, mulberries and licorice scents with hints of Sichuan... 95+ Blended of 90% Syrah and 10% Petite Sirah, the deep purple-black colored 2015 Relentless has a total rock-star nose of flamboyant blackberry pie, plum preserves, mulberries and licorice scents with hints of Sichuan pepper, hoisin, Indian spices and smoked meats plus a waft of raspberry leaves. Very big, rich, full and decadently fruited in the mouth, the palate packs in black fruits and exotic spices layers with a firm, rounded tannin frame and just enough freshness to carry off the long, opulent finish. - LPB
WS 93
Wine Spectator, October 2018
Rich and deeply structured, with powerfully built blackberry, river stone and smoky pepper beef flavors that take on potency toward refined tannins. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2024. — T.F.
VN 93
Vinous, December 2018
(93 points) Time has done wonders for the 2015 Relentless, especially in softening some of the tannins that were so imposing last year. A powerful, rich wine, the 2015 possesses terrific fruit intensity and overall... (93 points) Time has done wonders for the 2015 Relentless, especially in softening some of the tannins that were so imposing last year. A powerful, rich wine, the 2015 possesses terrific fruit intensity and overall energy. Cherry jam and pomegranate fruit character give the 2015 its decidedly red-fruited profile. The 2015 is not as complex or nuanced as other vintages have been, but it is absolutely delicious and a real pleasure to taste.
DC 92
Decanter, September 2018
This Syrah blend is named for winemaker Elias Fernandez, who has been at Shafer since 1984 and relates to his supposedly relentless pursuit of quality. A rich and opulent fruit cake nose with concentrated, ripe blackberry... This Syrah blend is named for winemaker Elias Fernandez, who has been at Shafer since 1984 and relates to his supposedly relentless pursuit of quality. A rich and opulent fruit cake nose with concentrated, ripe blackberry fruit and black pepper spice. This wine shows a superb balance on the palate with hints of woodsmoke and gravel on the finish. Drinking Window 2018 - 2030 - Ronan Sayburn MS Read more at https://www.decanter.com/wine-reviews/usa/california/shafer-napa-valley-stags-leap-district-relentless-2015-24738#Sxv8eQefKxTokXkv.99
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2015
Percent alcohol 15.8%
Closure Cork

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.