2005 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley
89 Ratings
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89 Ratings
2005 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley

Winemaker's Notes

The flavors and aromas are immense, round, mouthfilling and long-lived with a luscious blend of rich blackberry, black plums, meatiness from the Syrah and a dose of blueberry from the Petite Sirah. The tannins are ripe and long-lived, with a lengthy, pleasing finish.

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The flavors and aromas are immense, round, mouthfilling and long-lived with a luscious blend of rich blackberry, black plums, meatiness from the Syrah and a dose of blueberry from the Petite Sirah. The tannins are ripe and long-lived, with a lengthy, pleasing finish.

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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2001 Vintage) 19% Petite Sirah. "Relentless" would seem a good name for a Syrah that just keeps on coming at you with concentrated, deep, compelling blackberry aromas tinged with notes of creme brulee, espresso and saddle leather. It is full in body and certainly high in tannin, yet it never loses focus or continuity, and its finish is as tasty as its fancy beginnings. There is no faulting the youthful rusticity that is so evident at this point, but a half decade of quiet cellaring will see the wine open up an...
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2004 Vintage) "A blend of 76% Syrah and 24% Petite Sirah, the open-knit 2004 Relentless exhibits aromas of blackberry pie intermixed with roasted meats and ground pepper. An expressive, full-bodied, smoky, flamboyant, intense effort that is more evolved and approachable than vintages such as 2003 and 2001, it is a stunningly aromatic, rich wine to drink over the next 10-15 years."