Shafer Vineyards

Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Petite Sirah

9.265 ratings
9.55 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Syrah, Petite Sirah
Lamb, Tomato-Based, Potato, White Rice, Pungent Cheese, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Chili & Hot Spicy, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Pork, Venison
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gino CapitalG

Round Pond Wine & Olive oil educator/sales

9.9

It’s so rich and layered it’s like a dessert you never want to end. It’s got some dark fruit you and could probably age 100 yrs and still be layered and rich. The color was like a dark purple and bright around the edges like St Macairre. Really one of the best wines. Thanks Elise and David for making this happen.

It’s so rich and layered it’s like a dessert you never want to end. It’s got some dark fruit you and could probably age 100 yrs and still be layered and rich. The color was like a dark purple and bright around the edges like St Macairre. Really one of the best wines. Thanks Elise and David for making this happen.

Jan 2nd, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

In 1979 John Shafer founded Shafer Vineyards in the Stags Leap District of Napa. A blend of 97% Syrah & 3% Petite Sirah, notably small PS% which varies each year. The work of Elias Fernandez, fruit from La Mesa Vineyard, a ridgetop of shallow soils & volcanic ash. Stunning red with full black fruit aromas and pepper spice with floral edge. On the palate blackberry flavors, spice, oak and earthy notes. Big fine tannins, vivid acidity, good balance on lingering finish ending with cacao tones. Will cellar well.

In 1979 John Shafer founded Shafer Vineyards in the Stags Leap District of Napa. A blend of 97% Syrah & 3% Petite Sirah, notably small PS% which varies each year. The work of Elias Fernandez, fruit from La Mesa Vineyard, a ridgetop of shallow soils & volcanic ash. Stunning red with full black fruit aromas and pepper spice with floral edge. On the palate blackberry flavors, spice, oak and earthy notes. Big fine tannins, vivid acidity, good balance on lingering finish ending with cacao tones. Will cellar well.

Dec 30th, 2017
Ron R
9.5

Visually, this is as dark as the night is black. The perfume is equally intense with mulberries, brambles, blackberries and kirsch.
The palette is perfectly delineated with black cherries, black olives, a hint of cloves and anise. Absent is the peppery signature that typically comes along for the ride. It is seamlessly woven, with polished tannins that are already well integrated. 15.8% abv which is not apparent at all. This is a top-shelf syrah that should not be missed.
No cash-box aesthetics here, just exceptional winemaking and a sense of place. Remarkable.

Visually, this is as dark as the night is black. The perfume is equally intense with mulberries, brambles, blackberries and kirsch.
The palette is perfectly delineated with black cherries, black olives, a hint of cloves and anise. Absent is the peppery signature that typically comes along for the ride. It is seamlessly woven, with polished tannins that are already well integrated. 15.8% abv which is not apparent at all. This is a top-shelf syrah that should not be missed.
No cash-box aesthetics here, just exceptional winemaking and a sense of place. Remarkable.

3 people found it helpfulOct 24th, 2016
Riccardo L.

Tried it right after the one point five and I'm floored. A wine of tremendous quality. Full structure with Napa fruit. Beast doesn't even do it justice.

Tried it right after the one point five and I'm floored. A wine of tremendous quality. Full structure with Napa fruit. Beast doesn't even do it justice.

1 person found it helpfulOct 17th, 2016
Ryan Mullins

The wine needs a hard splash decant or a couple hours of air to show its purity. The least petite sirah ever in a relentless and I'm digging the style more

The wine needs a hard splash decant or a couple hours of air to show its purity. The least petite sirah ever in a relentless and I'm digging the style more

Aug 11th, 2016
Lisa Fried

Inky black, plums and graphite. Opening up very nicely, incredibly flavorful with a long lingering finish.

Inky black, plums and graphite. Opening up very nicely, incredibly flavorful with a long lingering finish.

Feb 17th, 2020
Randall Brater

Wow, smokey, dark fruit and syrah to the bone. Tobacco, black cherry,
overripe red apple peel, and graphite on the nose. Quite high alcohol on the palate, so the 15.8% shines through.

Wow, smokey, dark fruit and syrah to the bone. Tobacco, black cherry,
overripe red apple peel, and graphite on the nose. Quite high alcohol on the palate, so the 15.8% shines through.

Sep 20th, 2019
Pete S. Tulyathan

Deep and dense crimson; purplish rim. Initial nuanced nose of toasted oak, scorched earth and leather; yielding to plums, berries, yogurt and mint. Quite full body, weighty on the palate. Feels surprisingly powerful, especially after the elegant bouquet. Tannins starting to integrate. There's some spiciness to the taste and also some minerality. I'm loving all these wonderful contradictory sensations on the palate. Long finish. This is 15.8% ABV, but does not feel like that at all. Already quite enjoyable now, but could be even more exciting with another 2-3 years of cellaring. 93-94, with a potential to break 95 in the future.

Deep and dense crimson; purplish rim. Initial nuanced nose of toasted oak, scorched earth and leather; yielding to plums, berries, yogurt and mint. Quite full body, weighty on the palate. Feels surprisingly powerful, especially after the elegant bouquet. Tannins starting to integrate. There's some spiciness to the taste and also some minerality. I'm loving all these wonderful contradictory sensations on the palate. Long finish. This is 15.8% ABV, but does not feel like that at all. Already quite enjoyable now, but could be even more exciting with another 2-3 years of cellaring. 93-94, with a potential to break 95 in the future.

Jun 18th, 2019
Adam Eagan

Always a personal favorite. Tar, coconut, blackberry and cocoa powder. Massive wine, but graceful power with still teeth tingling tannins. Almost like a tannat chew. Only had one of these. Will be hunting up another one if I can find another ‘13.

Always a personal favorite. Tar, coconut, blackberry and cocoa powder. Massive wine, but graceful power with still teeth tingling tannins. Almost like a tannat chew. Only had one of these. Will be hunting up another one if I can find another ‘13.

Apr 20th, 2019
Chad Lusk

Absolutely fabulous

Absolutely fabulous

Feb 22nd, 2019