Shafer Vineyards

Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Petite Sirah

9.3146 ratings
9.214 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Syrah, Petite Sirah
Top Notes For
Al Shikoh

Inky purple black. Blueberry, roasted coffee, black pepper, and hints of smoke all evident on the nose. Not as fleshy as a typical bottling of “Relentless”, this challenging vintage has produced a surprisingly well balanced wine despite the 15.8% alcohol. The well integrated tannins give a slight bite to the long finish. Made from a blend of 91% Syrah and 8% Petite Sirah aged 30 months in 100% new French oak, it paired nicely with a Lamb Sirloin with harissa, kohlrabi, and a spiced labneh.

Inky purple black. Blueberry, roasted coffee, black pepper, and hints of smoke all evident on the nose. Not as fleshy as a typical bottling of “Relentless”, this challenging vintage has produced a surprisingly well balanced wine despite the 15.8% alcohol. The well integrated tannins give a slight bite to the long finish. Made from a blend of 91% Syrah and 8% Petite Sirah aged 30 months in 100% new French oak, it paired nicely with a Lamb Sirloin with harissa, kohlrabi, and a spiced labneh.

1 person found it helpfulMay 22nd, 2018
Will Phelps

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.3

One of the better wines I've had from this challenging vintage.

One of the better wines I've had from this challenging vintage.

Mar 16th, 2016
Tom Steffanci

Wow. And this is an 11'! Toasted hazlenut, rapped in tar and dried blueberry. Sappy and viscous on the mouth. Long, round, soft finish with some acid to boot. Badass. Wish I had more

Wow. And this is an 11'! Toasted hazlenut, rapped in tar and dried blueberry. Sappy and viscous on the mouth. Long, round, soft finish with some acid to boot. Badass. Wish I had more

Jan 18th, 2016
Rebecca Fletcher

Savory, ripe plum, fig, red currant and vanilla.

Savory, ripe plum, fig, red currant and vanilla.

Mar 17th, 2015
Kyle Schlachter

Writer Colorado Wine Press

9.0

Big, inky, and dense. Blue and black fruits. Dark espresso. Roasted herbs. Blackened meat. Little aroma. Needs time.

Big, inky, and dense. Blue and black fruits. Dark espresso. Roasted herbs. Blackened meat. Little aroma. Needs time.

Dec 26th, 2014
Gillett Johnson

Nice wine. Reminiscent of a great Australian Shiraz with some age. Wine o year - not too sure.

Nice wine. Reminiscent of a great Australian Shiraz with some age. Wine o year - not too sure.

Sep 7th, 2014
AJ Martins

An attitude we all share today!

An attitude we all share today!

Apr 12th, 2020
Joe Gillies

Decanted for 30 minutes. Drinking wonderfully right now but still no rush! Lush dark fruit, eucalyptus, a bit of bacon fat, and smoke charcoal. Drank side by side with Gorman Winery's The Evil Genius 75% syrah 25% cab blend. The Relentless wins this H2H even when factoring price.

Decanted for 30 minutes. Drinking wonderfully right now but still no rush! Lush dark fruit, eucalyptus, a bit of bacon fat, and smoke charcoal. Drank side by side with Gorman Winery's The Evil Genius 75% syrah 25% cab blend. The Relentless wins this H2H even when factoring price.

Sep 29th, 2019
Ryan Mullins

Darkness?! Is that you!?!

Darkness?! Is that you!?!

Mar 19th, 2015
Brian Kelly

Very fruity on the nose. Blackberry, blueberry, tobacco and vanilla. A little pepper on the finish, but not very pronounced. The 15.8% ABV is sneaky and well balanced, no sense of alcoholic heat at all. I like this wine a lot.

Very fruity on the nose. Blackberry, blueberry, tobacco and vanilla. A little pepper on the finish, but not very pronounced. The 15.8% ABV is sneaky and well balanced, no sense of alcoholic heat at all. I like this wine a lot.

Aug 5th, 2018