Shafer Vineyards

Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Petite Sirah

9.31001 ratings
9.3139 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Syrah, Petite Sirah
Top Notes For
Shawn R

No lengthy note need. Performs well day in day out.

No lengthy note need. Performs well day in day out.

Jun 27th, 2020
Mike R
9.4

Fantastic but still young and not yet a pnp - smile and world will smile back - please stay safe

Fantastic but still young and not yet a pnp - smile and world will smile back - please stay safe

Apr 4th, 2020
Tracy Hall

This is pop and pour smooth. So refined and pretty. I was served blind and did guess Syrah, but it is so balanced I guessed an older vintage (only because it wasn’t huge). Tannins are super fine, blue and red fruits with a savory essence. Best Syrah we’ve had!

This is pop and pour smooth. So refined and pretty. I was served blind and did guess Syrah, but it is so balanced I guessed an older vintage (only because it wasn’t huge). Tannins are super fine, blue and red fruits with a savory essence. Best Syrah we’ve had!

Feb 19th, 2020
Jonathan Wall

Wow. 18 years old and fresh. I kept looking at the label to make sure I didn’t pick up the wrong one. Beautiful, deep, and settled in so it’s no longer a fruit bomb.

Wow. 18 years old and fresh. I kept looking at the label to make sure I didn’t pick up the wrong one. Beautiful, deep, and settled in so it’s no longer a fruit bomb.

Feb 9th, 2020
Jonathan Wall

Gooey tar, graphite, tight dark berries. Better the 2nd night. And even though it is too tight and young, it was still a smooth drinker... just needs years to hit potential. Makes me want to open an older bottle.

Gooey tar, graphite, tight dark berries. Better the 2nd night. And even though it is too tight and young, it was still a smooth drinker... just needs years to hit potential. Makes me want to open an older bottle.

Jan 27th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

This wine honors long-time Shafer Winemaker Elias Fernandez and his relentless pursuit of quality. Sourced from a single ridgetop vineyard adjacent to the southern border of Stags Leap District, gravelly clay loam, sourced from a rugged and remote part of the estate, the grapes for Relentless are a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Petite Sirah, which is a more bucolic grape than Syrah, providing for a blend that becomes an extraordinarily lush and rich wine. Aged for 30 months on 100% new French oak, deep Ruby with aromas of concentrated dark berry fruit and a hint of smoky pepper spice. Layered meaty flavors of blackberry, cherry and blueberry explode on your palate and subtle tannins relax to a nice long finish, great mouthfeel. This is certainly one of the best Syrah’s I have tasted. Will age well!

This wine honors long-time Shafer Winemaker Elias Fernandez and his relentless pursuit of quality. Sourced from a single ridgetop vineyard adjacent to the southern border of Stags Leap District, gravelly clay loam, sourced from a rugged and remote part of the estate, the grapes for Relentless are a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Petite Sirah, which is a more bucolic grape than Syrah, providing for a blend that becomes an extraordinarily lush and rich wine. Aged for 30 months on 100% new French oak, deep Ruby with aromas of concentrated dark berry fruit and a hint of smoky pepper spice. Layered meaty flavors of blackberry, cherry and blueberry explode on your palate and subtle tannins relax to a nice long finish, great mouthfeel. This is certainly one of the best Syrah’s I have tasted. Will age well!

Nov 5th, 2019
Eric Urbani

3 hours in decanter ... will be even better in 3-5 years

3 hours in decanter ... will be even better in 3-5 years

Jul 31st, 2019
Tobin Trevarthen

After 15 years, this wine is a real beauty. Deep ruby, with some brown edging. Dense cherry, with evolving flavor profile as time played out. Butterscotch, vanilla, mellowed but tannins were still present. Served with ribs. Worked very nicely.

After 15 years, this wine is a real beauty. Deep ruby, with some brown edging. Dense cherry, with evolving flavor profile as time played out. Butterscotch, vanilla, mellowed but tannins were still present. Served with ribs. Worked very nicely.

Jul 6th, 2019
MaJ CappS

The nose on this was everything you want to inhale in a big old wine like this. Syrah w/ Durif , this aged handsomely. Inhales of Eucalyptus, fern forest, crushed poppy seed.
All of this and more on the body, mint, anise, tannins still holding, and could probably carry this for a few more years.

The nose on this was everything you want to inhale in a big old wine like this. Syrah w/ Durif , this aged handsomely. Inhales of Eucalyptus, fern forest, crushed poppy seed.
All of this and more on the body, mint, anise, tannins still holding, and could probably carry this for a few more years.

Mar 22nd, 2019
Shay A
9.2

The nose here is just awesome...fruitcake, loads of charcoal and smoke. Youthful and dense with fresh squeezed blackberries and ripe plum on the palate. The finish turns more savory and is still sporting a tart, tannic bite. Palate just couldn’t catch up to the aromatics, but still nice.

The nose here is just awesome...fruitcake, loads of charcoal and smoke. Youthful and dense with fresh squeezed blackberries and ripe plum on the palate. The finish turns more savory and is still sporting a tart, tannic bite. Palate just couldn’t catch up to the aromatics, but still nice.

Feb 23rd, 2019