Shafer Vineyards

Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Petite Sirah

9.259 ratings
9.64 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Syrah, Petite Sirah
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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
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
Chad Lusk

Absolutely fabulous

Absolutely fabulous

Feb 22nd, 2019
Christopher Fedorchak

Very good, smooth, but missing something.

Very good, smooth, but missing something.

Dec 23rd, 2018
Arden Barnett

Very nice. Had this on my 21st a few years ago and is great to revisit. Super rich. Smoked meat and blueberries on the nose, tobacco cedar, dark red fruit, baking spices. Nice legs, beautiful violet color, high alcohol % at 15.8. Aged 30 months in oak barrels which is something I am not too used to seeing. Love all the wines out of Shafer

Very nice. Had this on my 21st a few years ago and is great to revisit. Super rich. Smoked meat and blueberries on the nose, tobacco cedar, dark red fruit, baking spices. Nice legs, beautiful violet color, high alcohol % at 15.8. Aged 30 months in oak barrels which is something I am not too used to seeing. Love all the wines out of Shafer

May 12th, 2018
Bill Morgan

So full of dark fruit flavor Always love Shafer

So full of dark fruit flavor Always love Shafer

Mar 3rd, 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
Scott Rose

2013 vintage. 97% syrah/3% petite sirah. Brooding and powerful with a sweet, cherry-oaked nose. Medium/heavy body with a dry, tannic finish framed by blackberries.

2013 vintage. 97% syrah/3% petite sirah. Brooding and powerful with a sweet, cherry-oaked nose. Medium/heavy body with a dry, tannic finish framed by blackberries.

Nov 30th, 2017