Shafer Relentless 2010


SKU 41591


Relentless continues to evolve in ways that are even more elegant and evocative. In the glass the wine presents itself with aromas that are high-toned, bold and floral with a core of classic Syrah meatiness along with dark fruit, cinnamon, rose petals, and black pepper. The mouthfeel reminds me of crème brulee yet with bright acidity, black fruit and cranberry, sweetness, vanilla and a floral finish that lingers on and on. This is one you'll want to enjoy both in the brightness of youth and in the tantalizing delicacy of age. A bold wine like Relentless complements similar concentrated flavors found in dishes such as Syrah-braised short ribs, smoked lamb with Relentless reduction, roast duck, as well as beef and game. Aged, dry cheeses such as Cheddar, Abbaye De Belloc, and Manchego also pair deliciously.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Stags Leap District
Brand Shafer
Alcohol/vol 15.8%
  • wa92-94

Wine AdvocateFreshly cut flowers, violets, mint and licorice all jump from the glass in the 2010 Relentless. In 2010, the Relentless is quite a bit more varietally expressive than the 2009, but then again, it is almost exclusively Syrah. A wine of gorgeous aromatic intensity, the 2010 impresses for its considerable energy, focus and freshness. The blend is 96% Syrah and 4% Petite Sirah. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025.

Antonio Galloni, December 2012

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