2002 Shafer Relentless Syrah
A blend of 81% Syrah and 19% Petite Syrah, the inky/purple-colored 2001 Relentless exhibits notes of creosote/graphite intermixed with blackberry liqueur and acacia flower characteristics. This full-bodied, intense effort’s beautiful integration of new oak, acidity, and tannin make it accessible now, but there is plenty of structure underneath the rush of fruit and glycerin. Drink this stunning effort over the next decade.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines80% Syrah; 20% Petite Sirah. If ever a name was well-chosen, "Relentless" fits this utterly bombastic wine to a "tee". There is no pretense to polish or concessions to finesse here, but there are few, if any, wines in this issue that can measure up in terms of sheer richness and size. We will concede that it may be a bit overdone and may be seen in some eyes as too much of a good thing, but its extravagant fruit, its very complex combination of coffee, chocolate and sweet spice, and its remarkabl...
International Wine CellarGood full ruby. Musky aromas of bitter chocolate and espresso turned oakier with aeration. Bright, penetrating black raspberry fruit offers excellent intensity but comes across as a bit hard-edged. Turned a bit drier on the back end under its load of oak.
Wine AdvocateRating: (92-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03
Wine SpectatorRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/05